Apple has kind on the subject of trademark battles. It had an extended prolonged battle with the Beatles’ music label, Apple Corps, and it even took on an organization that had a pear for a brand in a frankly baffling dispute, resolved in 2021. Now, Apple is making an attempt to take down the Fruit Union Suisse, the oldest and largest fruit farmer’s organisation in Switzerland. Its beef? The organisation’s brand consists of a pink apple with a white cross.
The Fruit Union Suisse’s brand isn’t new, the organisation has been round for 111 years and it is had the apple brand for many of its historical past. And as director Jimmy Mariéthoz factors out, “it is not like they’re making an attempt to guard their bitten apple,” which means that it is tough to see the place Apple is coming from. In any case, it already owns among the finest logos of all time.
“Their goal right here is de facto to personal the rights to an precise apple, which, for us, is one thing that’s actually virtually common… that must be free for everybody to make use of,” says Mariéthoz, in response to Wired.
Apple has been making an attempt to personal this explicit apple since 2017, when it submitted an software to the Swiss Institute of Mental Property (IPI) to say the rights for a black-and-white depiction of an apple, together with potential makes use of resembling music, video data, DVDs and movement footage. In response to Wired, the IPI partially granted Apple’s request final autumn, saying that Apple may have a number of the rights it needed, however cited a authorized precept “that considers generic pictures of widespread items – like apples – to be within the public area.” Apple launched an attraction in spring of this yr.
The concept that an organization can personal a fruit that is been round for…properly… loads longer than Apple itself appears fairly ridiculous. And taking over an organization that is been round for 111 years additionally appears fairly… fruitless.
Nevertheless it is not simply this case that Apple is preventing. With Apple racking up extra trademark oppositions than huge tech corporations resembling Microsoft, Fb, Amazon and Google put collectively, it is arduous to be sympathetic with its trigger. Manufacturers which were focused by the Cupertino big embrace people who appear to pose no menace to its enterprise, resembling a stationery model named Paperapple, an organisation that helps households of youngsters with autism and a college district in Appleton Wisconsin.
With the Fruit Union Suisse case nonetheless in courtroom and a choice not anticipated for months and even years, it stays to be seen whether or not Apple will get anyplace with this one. For extra spats over logos, see our brand disputes roundup.