Apple Believes This German Cycling Path Logo Infringes on Its Own Logo

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 1, 2019.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    Apple recently objected to the logo of a new German cycling path in an appeal filed with the German Patent and Trademark Office, according to German outlets General-Anzeiger Bonn and Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

    [​IMG]

    Apple reportedly takes issue with the logo's green leaf and supposed "bitten" right side, attributes the company believes are too similar to its own logo.

    The logo, registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office in 2018, was designed for a new cycling path named Apfelroute that is set to open in the Rhine-Voreifel region of Germany on May 19. Rhine-Voreifel Tourism has already used the logo on uniforms, bike racks, cycling maps, banners, signposts, and more.

    In addition to the appeal, lawyers representing Apple have reportedly sent letters to Rhine-Voreifel Tourism ordering them to stop using the logo, but the tourism agency believes it would be very expensive to do so.

    "With the Apfelroute we have a completely different product and it is unbelievable that such a large company is attacking us," said one company official.

    While it may sound unfair that a company as large as Apple is going after a small German tourist agency's cycling path logo, keep in mind that companies have an obligation to police and enforce their trademarks, as failure to do so could be viewed as abandonment, possibly resulting in the loss of trademark rights.

    Likewise, Apple recently objected to the apple logo trademark that a Norwegian political party registered last year.

    German reports suggest that Rhine-Voreifel Tourism narrowing the scope of the Apfelroute trademark will likely be enough for Apple to withdraw its opposition. If not, there is also the chance of an out-of-court settlement.

    Article Link: Apple Believes This German Cycling Path Logo Infringes on Its Own Logo
     
  2. johnyslats macrumors 6502a

    johnyslats

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Location:
    Leeds, UK
  3. sputnikv macrumors 6502

    sputnikv

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2009
    #3
    The Macrumor's logo is really terrible btw. You should fix it.
     
  4. berrymetal macrumors regular

    berrymetal

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2017
    #4
    I think Apple is trying to show us again how powerful they really are after the airpower disaster
     
  5. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
  6. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #6
    Legal at Apple needs prescription eyewear, and not rose tinted.
     
  7. jsalda macrumors regular

    jsalda

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2008
    #7
    Other than the leaf, no similarities.

    Next they're gonna try and sue God for creating the apple in the shape of their logo.
     
  8. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

    rjohnstone

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Location:
    PHX, AZ.
    #8
    Go home Apple... you're drunk.
    No one would EVER confuse this with your products. :rolleyes:
     
  9. 7thson macrumors 6502a

    7thson

    Joined:
    May 13, 2012
    Location:
    Six Rivers, CA
    #9
    Not a good look for Apple to engage in such petty litigation, but what's the point in having a cadre of lawyers on retainer if you can't set them loose once in a while to intimidate the neighborhood?
     
  10. alexandr macrumors 6502a

    alexandr

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2005
    Location:
    11201-121099
    #10
    being from a different market is no excuse to rip off someone's logo. and while this logo is ugly af, it is clearly inspired by the 
     
  11. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

    Sir Ruben

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #11
    The only similarity here is that the both logo's artistically represent an apple. There is no bite out of the right side, it is missing due to the writing, and there is no curve on the underside of the Apple. In fact, looking at it again, the only similarity is the leaf.
     
  12. Altis macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2013
    #12
    Tim asking his legal adviser if this red thing infringes on their Apple logo (2019, colorized).

    [​IMG]
     
  13. iLilana macrumors 6502a

    iLilana

    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    Location:
    Alberta, Canada
    #13
    don't you have to be selling similar products for this to be an infringement?
     
  14. sinsin07, May 1, 2019
    Last edited: May 1, 2019

    sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #14
    Someone missed out on Sesame Street.
    “One of these things is not like the other...”
     
  15. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

    Sir Ruben

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #15
    Apple has been copied many many times in the past, but this isn't it chief.
     
  16. saetiawa macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    #16
    plantsnap should probably start worrying then.. instagram with an apple leaf

    [​IMG]
     
  17. fairuz macrumors 68000

    fairuz

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2017
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
    #17
    This is true. The only problem is the logos really don't look similar.
     
  18. bollman macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2001
    Location:
    Lund, Sweden
    #18
    The word Apple is a noun for a very specific fruit. There are a lot of things with "apple" in it, like Cider, Apple juice, and so on. It seems rather logical that things actually containing apples or that revolve around the fruit apple would be allowed to have logos containing said fruit without fear of having Apple (the computer biz) come after them. A logo is usually a stylized representation of something and it would not unheard of that products relating to apples would actually have a stylized apple.
    Apfel Route is a tour around the Nordrhein Westfalen where there are lots of orchards. Certainly more related to actual apples than that US tech company.

    Oh, BTW, whatever happened to the deal between Apple Computers and Apple Records? As I recall, Apple had to promise never to enter the music business if they were to call their company Apple Computers.
    Oh, they paid them off:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture...egal-dispute-delayed-Beatles-iTunes-deal.html
     
  19. Krayzkat, May 1, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: May 15, 2019

    Krayzkat Suspended

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2011
    #19
    The German sign looks more like a wheelchair sign than Apple's apple logo
     
  20. alexandr macrumors 6502a

    alexandr

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2005
    Location:
    11201-121099
    #20
    i didn't realize they taught copyright law on sesame st. and you're right - i did miss out on it)
     
  21. fumi2014 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Location:
    England
  22. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

    BeforeTheMeds

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2016
    Location:
    Edomx, MX
    #22
    If it was anyone else people would be yelling Patent troll (a version of). The logos look nothing the same.
     
  23. sykeward macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2016
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #23
    I keep seeing the "you have to defend the trademark or you lose it" meme getting kicked around when stories like this crop up, but it would seem that you could accommodate that without lawyers armed with cease-and-desist letters. People are probably not going to confuse a biking path with a Macbook, so why not just offer them a perpetual license for $0 for "logo similarity rights" or something. You know, a way of defending your trademark rights without acting like a bully.



    I'm not a lawyer.
     
  24. BeforeTheMeds, May 1, 2019
    Last edited: May 1, 2019

    BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

    BeforeTheMeds

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2016
    Location:
    Edomx, MX
    #24
    Bullcrap. Apple doesn’t have a patent on apples in general and this is not even an apple. It’s a long stretch and a whole sheet of blotter to make the logo’s Look like a ripoff.

    Apple is being the rich jerks they are. I can like my apple products while disliking the company.

    Also, being inspired by something doesn’t mean patent infringement. If so there would only be one of everything.
     
  25. JetLaw macrumors regular

    JetLaw

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2009
    #25
    I've only done a little bit of trademark work in my legal practice and it was in the US, not Germany, but I'm having a pretty tough time understanding Apple's position on this one.
     

Share This Page

98 May 1, 2019