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  • Apple Says Chinese Food Company Ripped Off Apple Logo


    Apple is seeing red - literally. What's the tech giant upset about now? Apple's legal eagles say a China-based food company has blatantly ripped off the Apple logo.

    Yes... a food company. Regardless, Apple is asserting that Sichuan Fangguo Food Co. is infringing on Apple's universally recognized company logo.

    The controversial image in question is pictured above. And in case you're wondering, the logo isn't new by any stretch of the imagination. The Fangguo logo was actually created by a Beijing-based design company in the 1980s.

    “There’s a leaf so you can tell it’s an apple, but it also contains two Chinese characters," the CEO of Fangguo, Zhao Yi, says in response to the Apple criticism. "The orientation is also different, and ours is a totally different shape.” So did his company pattern its logo after Apple's? “When I started Fangguo," Yi admits, "I had never even heard of Apple.”

    Zhao says he received a letter in July from the Guangzhou branch of Beijing Zhucheng Law written on behalf of Apple. The application period for Fangguo's new logo registration was two days away from closing.

    The letter included two complaints: First, the resemblance of Fangguo's logo to Apple's. The latter company is known as "Pingguo" in Chinese; the two names feature the same second character, 果/guo, which refers to fruit. Additionally, the Nanchong, Sichuan-based Fangguo had applied to register its logo under 16 different product categories, including "notebook computers" and "electronic-game software," some of which overlap with categories in which Apple holds trademark registration.
    The primary products produced by the company include flour and noodles, although rice, grain oil, snack foods, and "other types of food products" are also now manufactured by the company.

    Source: GoChengdoo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Says Chinese Food Company Ripped Off Apple Logo started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. sicvik's Avatar
      sicvik -
      I thought the Chinese logo reminded me of something

      A WW1 Ball Grenade...a classic

    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Lol. Where is LG in all this?

    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      Lol. Where is LG in all this?

      ha! Before i read the title i thought apple was suing LG due to the pic haha but yeah, apple need to get a grip and wind their necks in. all this suing over SILLY little things is pathetic. what, do they own the rights to everything that resembles an apple now???
    1. tupac151's Avatar
      tupac151 -
      WHAT'S NEXT? Apple Says GOD Ripped Off Apple Logo to create the apple
    1. korbyn8495's Avatar
      korbyn8495 -
      I too, think this is rather extreme. It bears little resemblance if you ask me. Good job Apple, you're still making yourself look like a bunch of *****.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by tupac151 View Post
      WHAT'S NEXT? Apple Says GOD Ripped Off Apple Logo to create the apple
      Lol!
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      I think it is time for some court to declare apple's trademark void and null, since an apple is a completely generic object (as when intel tried to trademark a number, hence the evantual creation of the "pentium" instead of 586). Their greediness is unbearable, very ultra-UNcool. MS seems like a bunch of nice kinds next to apple.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      I think it is time for some court to declare apple's trademark void and null, since an apple is a completely generic object (as when intel tried to trademark a number, hence the evantual creation of the "pentium" instead of 586). Their greediness is unbearable, very ultra-UNcool. MS seems like a bunch of nice kinds next to apple.
      The whole trademark thing is completely unworkable. Intel couldn't patent a number yet Peugeot stopped Porsche from naming the 911 the 901. (thanks forza )

      But then if the shoe is on the other foot wouldn't you want to protect what is yours?
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      I don't care about the iPhone really but I do like the iPad 2 I have because the Android tablet isn't all there yet unlike the Android phones. But as soon as an Android 3G tablet comes out for AT&T or TMobile that's similar to the Samsung 10.1 tablet I will be getting that for sure. I'm tired of Apple's crap anymore.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
      Well, Apple has a legal responsibility to protect their brand (world wide), so while we may think it silly, it has to be done under most trademark and copyright laws in order to keep them valid.

      If Apple were to loose a trademark or copyright because they ignored something like this, then the stockholders would be up in arms over it. So they may take it too far the other way, but it's the way the laws work.
      This might be a valid assessment if the logo in question actually resembled Apple's, but the trouble is, it doesn't. As other have mentioned, it bares a far closer resemblance to the LG circle logo. It doesn't look anything like Apple's. I have also never seen Apple use a solid red logo, as it's usually roughly gray-scale. Shape-wise, it is very geometric, while Apple's actually is shaped like the namesake fruit.

      It is not about "protecting your brand" when your logo is so incredibly generic that you could find anything with such a vague resemblance in many places (especially logos for entities that have to do with food, like the super market chain in Australia, which also had very little resemblance, looking more like a green pumpkin.) Apple's logo, in and of itself, is a generic object, and really should never have been granted a trademark for it in the first place.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Sure it's an apple. But that's it. They don't look alike.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      Sure it's an apple. But that's it. They don't look alike.
      Exactly what part of that logo reveals that it is in fact an Apple? In fact, I've seen nothing thus far that actually says it is an Apple. The only reason some people seem to think it is, is because Apple is involved. I'd be willing to wager quite an amount that most people wouldn't be able to claim with any certainty what the logo is really supposed to be if the very mention of the term "Apple" or "apple" hasn't been already made. Merely having a leaf does not make it an Apple. It could be any number of fruits that grows on a plant with leaves that size. And that's assuming it's even a fruit.
    1. littlelisa63's Avatar
      littlelisa63 -
      **** apple...it's a different colour...what's the ********* problem...grow some ******** apples and ***********...money money money that's all it's about and trying to take another company down
      that's my opinion said
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      This is worse than when Apple sued Woolworths.
      Oh wow, that's really sad. Apple didn't come up with the Apple logo from scratch, they got their name and logo from the FRUIT.
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -


      Why apple not sues New York city as a "BIG APPLE CITY".
    1. Truckerbear's Avatar
      Truckerbear -
      I can understand protecting your trademark but this does seem over the top.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      ...Why apple not sues New York city as a "BIG APPLE CITY".
      That's funny
    1. Shadowbreak's Avatar
      Shadowbreak -
      I wonder how apple will be remembered 20 years from now.
      Will they be remembered as the people who sue everyone over the simplest thing, or the people who helped with technology a lot.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by pyroguy57 View Post
      I think if anyone would be upset about this it would be LG. Really? Because it has a leaf that makes it an Apple rip off? Leave them alone Apple, let LG take this lawsuit.
      exactly what I was thinking., it looks more like the LG logo.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowbreak View Post
      I wonder how apple will be remembered 20 years from now.
      Will they be remembered as the people who sue everyone over the simplest thing, or the people who helped with technology a lot.
      Lol. Only problem with this whole thing is APL isn't suing them. Once again. Lil spin in an article stirs up the crowd