Apple turns legal guns on Polish retailer A.pl

WARSAW, Sept 11 Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:39pm IST

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WARSAW, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Apple, fresh from a patent victory against South Korean rival Samsung, has turned its sights on a smaller target - Polish online grocery website A.pl.

The Polish patent office said on Tuesday the U.S. maker of the iPad, iPhone and iPod had filed a complaint, accusing the website of copying one of Apple's icons to its logo and riding its coattails to win customers.

"Apple brand is widely recognised and the company says that A.pl, by using the name that sounds similar, is using Apple's reputation," patent office spokesman Adam Taukert said.

A.pl chief executive Radoslaw Celinski said: "The accusation is ludicrous". The firm, which is not currently using the logo in question, is looking at Apple's complaint.

A date for an official hearing has not been set yet.

The law firm Baker & McKenzie, which represents Apple in Poland, was not available to comment.

Apple was expected to launch a new iPhone on Wednesday.

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singularity2 wrote:
I hope the Polish court has the sense to impose a huge fine on the so called Apple company for abusing its position in the market to try and ruin business left right and centre. Apple has no right going after name infringement and should only have a limited right to going after duplicate logo infringement since they themselves decided to copy a product of nature that’s been out there since the beginning of history. They should be severely punished because their only reason for suing is really a means for advertising. Mcintosh is a variety of apple originating from Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, in the year 1811. Somewhere along the line someone made a huge mistake in allowing the name of a fruit be copyrighted. This wrong should be corrected because as expected its all becoming legal BS.

If there was any logic in all of this i guess we should expect APL Logistics the next target.

Sep 11, 2012 8:02pm IST  --  Report as abuse
Anon24601 wrote:
Apple’s constant legal attacks against competitors were the reason my first smartphone was a Samsung, and I won’t purchase Apple products. They use their legal resources almost like a revenue centre, stifling competition and free enterprise in the process. What a self-righteous and arrogant company… Steve Jobs is truly there in spirit. The most valuable company in the world, attacking Eastern European grocery stores… how proud they must be of themselves.

Sep 11, 2012 10:25pm IST  --  Report as abuse
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