Apple Sued for App Store Logo's Resemblance to Chinese Clothing Brand Logo

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

    MacRumors

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


    When Apple released the updated App Store as part of iOS 11, the App Store logo got an overhaul. Instead of an "A" made from a pencil, a paintbrush, and a ruler, Apple designed a simpler "A" that looks like it's constructed from popsicle sticks.

    As it turns out, Apple's App Store logo bears a resemblance to the logo used by a Chinese clothing brand named KON, and now KON is suing Apple.

    [​IMG]

    According to Phone Radar (via The Verge), KON believes Apple's new logo is a violation of Chinese copyright law. KON is a brand that's been around since 2009, and as The Verge discovered, Baidu Baike, the Chinese equivalent of Wikipedia, says the KON brand was inspired by music like the Sex Pistols, with the logo meant to represent three skeleton bones symbolizing power over death.

    [​IMG]

    KON wants Apple to publicly apologize for using its logo, stop selling devices using the current App Store logo, and pay compensation for economic loss.

    The Beijing People's Court has accepted the case and should make a ruling over the course of the next couple of weeks.

    Apple in 2016 lost a similar case involving the "IPHONE" trademark that was in use by Chinese leather goods manufacturer Xintong Tiandi Technology. In that case, Apple was aiming to protect its iPhone trademark to prevent Xintong Tiandi from using the iPhone name for its cases, but the Chinese courts ruled against Apple.

    Article Link: Apple Sued for App Store Logo's Resemblance to Chinese Clothing Brand Logo
     
  2. macintoshmac, Dec 19, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2017
  3. RCS31 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2013
    #3
    I thought you could only successfully sue a company when the trademark is infringed upon in the same market as the original trademark?
     
  4. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

    Goldfrapp

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2005
  5. 840quadra Moderator

    840quadra

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2005
    Location:
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    #5
    IDK, I always see a picnic table. And yes, it is an odd table that nobody would want to sit at ;) .
     
  6. sorgo macrumors regular

    sorgo

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2016
    #6
    Hmm.. Yeah, it does look pretty suspect to me. Sorry, Apple.
     
  7. Uni Grad macrumors 6502a

    Uni Grad

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2015
    Location:
    Bloomberg News
    #7
    YES! I was wishing Apple would change back to the old App Store logo, this one just looks hideous. Maybe this will push them over to do that.
     
  8. skinned66 macrumors 65816

    skinned66

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2011
    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
  9. BC2009 macrumors 68000

    BC2009

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2009
    #9
    I can see suing Apple and demanding they stop using the logo, but clearly there has been no economic loss -- that is just a money grab.

    Personally, I MUCH prefer the old AppStore icon, so I hope Apple's response is to stop using the new icon and revert to the previous one. The old icon had meaning. It reflected the intersection of technology and liberal arts. The new one is just lame.
     
  10. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2011
    #10
    “According to Phone Radar (via The Verge), KON believes Apple's new logo is a violation of Chinese copyright law”

    Oh the irony of Chinese copyright law.
     
  11. Naraxus, Dec 19, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017

    Naraxus macrumors 6502a

    Naraxus

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2016
    #11
    Apple Inc - steal ideas first, settle for a pittance later.

    Then again considering Sir Jony Ive ripped off most of his ideas from Dieter Rams this theft isn't surprising.

    What was it his mentor once said? Good artists copy, great artists' steal
     
  12. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2011
    #12
    I see hot dogs or breadsticks lol
     
  13. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2011
    Location:
    1 Infinite Loop
  14. springsup, Dec 19, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017

    springsup macrumors 65816

    springsup

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    #14
    Apple has been using the logo way longer than that. Check out this screenshot of MacOS 10.0, from 2001 (notice the "Applications" icon):

    [​IMG]

    The recent change is a natural evolution of that design. There's no way they should win.

    EDIT: And yes, that is Internet Explorer.
     
  15. JM macrumors 6502a

    JM

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2014
    #15
    Well, accidental infringement is still infringement. I hope the little guy (because all businesses are the "little guy" compared to Apple) wins.

    The AppStore icon really makes Kon's logo look ridiculous.
     
  16. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    #16
    I can see KON's point. As soon as I saw that baseball cap I thought "App store logo!"
     
  17. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502

    ILikeAllOS

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2011
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    #17
    Now Apple has a reason to go back to the previous icon :D
     
  18. asdavis10 macrumors 6502

    asdavis10

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Location:
    Bermuda
    #18
    Since this is related to China, Apple will acquiesce and change the App Store logo.
     
  19. vacafrita macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    #19
    That's generally the rule under US trademark law. Not idea if that's how Chinese law analyzes it though.
     
  20. SigurTom macrumors newbie

    SigurTom

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2015
    #20
    Economic losses? Did people stop buying their stuff because they thought it was Apple branded? Were they disappointed that free fart apps didn't come with their hat?
     
  21. Smoothie macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2007
    Location:
    California
    #21
    A Chinese company is suddenly concerned about intellectual property protection. Ironic.
     
  22. rizzo41999, Dec 19, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017

    rizzo41999 macrumors 6502

    rizzo41999

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Location:
    MA
    #22
    China is the last place to talk about fair business practices... the fact you need to hand over your IP for market access is just unfathomable. It destroys the very thing that stimulates people to share ideas and make companies such as Apple.
     
  23. man3ster macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2009
  24. veggiedude macrumors newbie

    veggiedude

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
  25. oplix Suspended

    oplix

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Location:
    New York, NY
    #25
    you mean economic gain through virtue of marketing? of course none of these facts mean anything in a chinese court.
     

Share This Page