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Apple files for European trademark on logo leaf

updated 05:10 pm EST, Mon December 10, 2012

Broad patent could potentially affect numerous products

Apple has filed for a trademark on the leaf in its logo, The Register says. The submission was made to the European Trademark Registry on December 3rd, using lawyers from a London firm called Edwards Wildman. If granted, the trademark would cover 10 different categories of products, ranging from things like computers and educational products to jewellery and shoes.

Apple has come under fire in recent years for attempting to patent or trademark seemingly common design traits. One of the most cited examples is the rounded rectangular shape of the iPad, for which Apple was in fact granted US patent rights in November. Critics have charged that the design feature is extremely generic, and that it's difficult to design a tablet that doesn't at least echo Apple patents.



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  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-26-07

    SO...... Apple is being sued by all sorts of patent trolls that have the very same type of patents. And yet they are winning with stupid general patents over things like transmitting data over a wireless connection..... ???? WHAT. Yet people complain that Apple is trying to patent things in a preventative manner.

    Please do some research before the next article.... Or is this just trolling for hits????

    Just look at the typical smart phone before the iPhone... Now look. Gee see how they all look the same.. and where is that physical keypad that everyone said you must have....

    Just a thought.

  1. Dfunkd

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    Joined: 12-12-12

    Apple are the worst patent trolls ever. They think it's ok for others to invent and they patent it and sue the inventers if they don't pay up licensing fees. They patent the most ridiculous things and again sue other companies who have already used them a long time before. Apple take the competition to court while others innovate and further technology standards. Bounceback, swipe to unlock and rectangles are ridiculous patents granted in the U.S. I'm glad other countries are dismissing their attempts to stifle competition, because that's all they can do...oh and 'invent' another row of icons.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by DfunkdView Post

    Apple are the worst patent trolls ever. They think it's ok for others to invent and they patent it and sue the inventers if they don't pay up licensing fees. They patent the most ridiculous things and again sue other companies who have already used them a long time before.


    Unsubstantiatable bull, I'm afraid.

    Feel free to try and come up with examples where this happened.

    Originally Posted by DfunkdView Post

    Apple take the competition to court while others innovate and further technology standards. Bounceback, swipe to unlock and rectangles are ridiculous patents granted in the U.S. I'm glad other countries are dismissing their attempts to stifle competition, because that's all they can do...oh and 'invent' another row of icons.



    Considering patents "ridiculous" is your opinion, and of course your privilege.

    Keep in mind that Apple is the TARGET of FAR more (like multiple times more) lawsuits, than suitor in lawsuits where they're suing somebody else. Always have been.

    Also, the term "patent troll" generally refers to companies who buy patent portfolios with no interest in using them for anything except litigation (as assets for extortion, if you will).

    Say what you want, and believe what you want, but there is no way you can claim that Apple isn't at least using patents to further their cellphone business, rather than just extort money from unrelated companies.

    You may think that they are unfair or stupid or anti-competitive, but patent trolls, they are not.

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