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

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 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/koeln-und-rheinland/Apple-legt-sich-mit-Rhein-Voreifel-Touristik-an-article4096842.html) and Westdeutscher Rundfunk ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/rheinland/aerger-um-apfelroute-100.html).


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 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/http://www.apfelroute.nrw/) that is set to open in the Rhine-Voreifel region of Germany on May 19. Rhine-Voreifel Tourism ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/http://www.rhein-voreifel-touristik.de/) 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 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/03/05/apple-norway-progress-party-logo-trademark-opposition/) 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.

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Having Argued Qualcomm’s Tech Was Worthless, Apple Actually Believes It’s “The Best”

Apple and Qualcomm were locked in a legal battle ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-qualcomm-jury-selection-complete/) for nearly two years before finally reaching a settlement ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-qualcomm-settlement/) earlier this week, shortly after the trial began. During that period, Apple publicly argued that Qualcomm’s technology was worthless.

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According to an internal Apple memo Qualcomm showed during the trial this week, however, Apple executives used words like “the best” to describe the chip maker’s engineering, while another memo described Qualcomm as having a “unique patent share” and “significant holdings,” The Washington Post ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/19/apple-said-qualcomms-tech-was-no-good-private-communications-it-was-best/) is reporting.

Apple’s criticism of Qualcomm led to over 80 lawsuits around the world and influenced governments to change laws and regulations in the iPhone maker’s favour. Apple argued that Qualcomm’s patents were no more valuable than those of competitors like Ericsson and Huawei, but Qualcomm argued in court that the documents show otherwise.

The documents also raise questions about the methods Apple used to inflict pain on Qualcomm and whether Apple really believed its own arguments to lawmakers, regulators, judges, and juries when it tried to change not just its long-standing business agreement with Qualcomm but the very laws and practices that have allowed inventors to profit from their work and investments.

“While it’s very common for companies who are engaged in legal disputes to play hardball, the disclosure of these documents is very unsettling,” said Adam Mossoff, a law professor at George Mason University.

The settlement the two companies reached this week includes a six-year licensing agreement and a multiyear supply agreement. Apple will also make an estimated payment of $6 billion to Qualcomm ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-paid-6-billion-to-qualcomm-says-ubs/).