Monday, August 07, 2006

Is Staples Infringing On The Apple Logo?


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I tried searching for this to see if any other BLOGs or any where else on the Mac Web had mentioned this and didn't see it. So if you posted it first, direct me to your page, and I'll give you some credit here.

Staples doesn't sell iPods in all of its stores (does it sell them in any of them?) I know they carry accessories.

Staples doesn't sell Apple Computers

Apple doesn't cosponsor anything with Staples

I asked management at this store where I took the picture if there was some sort of promotion in conjunction with Apple. (Nada)

I can almost assure Staples that they are getting curious Apple owners in their store with this logo. You can see it pretty easily from the street!

I'll let you take a look at this blatant infringement by Staples:


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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That banner looks like something the store had made for them locally. We can all guess what kind of computer the artist uses.

Anonymous said...

Come on, everyone knows that an apple is used in conjunction with teachers all the time. I think you are reaching here. I hardley would consider this infringement.

fixyourthinking said...

An Apple ... not the Apple Logo ... sure.

This IS the Apple Logo - it is trademarked and service marked - it's not some generic Apple.

Anonymous said...

Ok but what is the harm? They do have apple accessories in their store. So at the very minimum they are giving apple free advertising. It is not as if they are defaming the apple name or using the logo for their own brand.

fixyourthinking said...

I agree ... but none the less ... it's sloppy artist work.

It DOES give the appearance Apple is involved.

Anonymous said...

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Come on, everyone knows that an apple is used in conjunction with teachers all the time. I think you are reaching here. I hardley would consider this infringement.
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Yes, an apple is used in conjunction with teachers. Not Apple's specific logo, however.

For you to "hardley consider this infringement" means that you are blatantly disregarding both the law in regards to protecting one's intellectual properly, and the laws of spelling...no "e" between the "l" nd the "y" in an adverb.

fixyourthinking said...

Also ... iPodLounge CERTAINLY didn't do ANYTHING to harm Apple ... in fact I would say iPodLounge sells iPods ... yet still Apple made them remove the word iPod from their name ... hence iLounge.com

Besides a company doesn't have to prove "harm" for infringement. Infringement does not equal "defamation"

Anonymous said...

For you to "hardley consider this infringement" means that you are blatantly disregarding both the law in regards to protecting one's intellectual properly, and the laws of spelling...no "e" between the "l" nd the "y" in an adverb.
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Well if we are going to follow the laws of spelling and when to use "l" and "y" then you should also pay attention to which words actually have them! Last time I checked it is intellectual PROPERTY not intellectual PROPERLY. If you are going to proof read maybe you should start with your own words.