Apple is awarded a trademark for their retail store design

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a registration certificate for a patent that was filed more than two years ago with regards to the design of their retail stores. The trademark reportedly covers the design and layout...

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TS Evangelist
Does this mean they are locked into this exact design for years to come? If so, what a waste. Trademarks make sense for logos and slogans, but the interior design? Narcissistic much?


TS Evangelist
hahahanoobs, but interior designers would rise if their designs are copied without permits :)
(engineering and architectural designs are copyrighted.)
while I hate apple as much as I love microsoft, I'm with apple in this one.


TechSpot Chancellor
LOL...pretty absurd. A long narrow store with tables set at certain intervals and viola! It's a patent.


TS Guru
Except this is going to do crap all against bogus stores in China because this is a US Patent not some kind of magic worldwide patent.



TS Evangelist
Hang on. They've been able to patent 'large glass panel storefronts'? This basically means they'll be able to sue just about every store within a shopping centre or mall.


TS Evangelist
They're trying to prevent stores in China from copying them? You'd think they'd care more about them selling phones as iPhones that aren't instead of arranging the store a certain way. The knock off stores could arrange things anyway they want. I'll bet your average Chinese customer isn't familiar with the layout of an Apple store in California.


TS Enthusiast
"The real goal here, however, is likely to defend against outright copycats like the bogus Apple stores that have surfaced in China over the past couple of years."

Since when have Chinese entrepreneurs cared about U.S. patents and trademarks?
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TS Evangelist
Personally, I think this is stupid, and just another sign of crApple's narcissism as hahahanoobs said. Instead of further innovation, IMHO, they are focused far too much on their "IP."

However, this is not a patent. This is a trademark. While it would apply if say, M$ were to try to open a computer store with the same interior design, it will not apply if say, Bed Bath, and Beyond were to use the same interior design in their stores. No one will confuse a BB&B with a crApple store and crApple will have nothing to stand on in such cases. Still, I think it will be extremely amusing to see crApple attempt to file trademark infringement suits using this as ammo against companies that are not in the same industry; IMHO, they would likely get laughed out of court. :)


TS Enthusiast
They were granted a patent which included " multi-tiered shelving"!?
lol, don't tell me that my neighbourhood store can't use "multi-tiered shelving" without being sued by apple!


TechSpot Addict
And to think, I was going to pinch the Apple store's basic design for use in a middle eastern restaurant! Then, Apple slams the crapper door in my face....:eek:

I would have worked too, save for the fact there wasn't enough unobstructed aisle space for customers to make their mad dash for the toilet.

Oh well, It's probably for the better. I wouldn't be caught dead in either an Apple store, or anywhere near middle eastern cuisine.;)


TS Evangelist
Apple is so paranoid about everything you really can't blame them I wonder if they know their phones are the most popular items of contraband in U.S. prisons so it makes me wonder when they'll open an iStore in Leavenworth, Pelican Bay etc. There certainly won't be a shortage of potential customers.


TS Enthusiast
I can only guess at what Apples true motivation for this action is. My guess is that Apple is worried that a competitor will open a store that "kinda" looks like a Apple store and they want leverage to be able to sue. Anything else would simply be Apple being Apple. Apple is turning into that crazy relative that no one talks about in public. And when that relative does something crazy everyone in the family just shakes their heads and wonders when the crazy will stop.


TS Evangelist
Maybe they patented their store so that they can sue all the grocers of the world for selling one of natures products that bear their patented name. I guess we'll have to think up a new name for real apples.


TechSpot Addict
Maybe they patented their store so that they can sue all the grocers of the world for selling one of natures products that bear their patented name. I guess we'll have to think up a new name for real apples.
Nah, the world's grocers will just have to tack on, "unbitten apples" in all their advertising. Because other than that, there's no way to distinguish an apple from an iPad.

Well for me, maybe there is. Apples, (the fruit), seem to bother my hemorrhoids. No wait, an iPad probably would too.....:eek: