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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. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Haha it's a ripoff of the lg logo
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Wow Apple. Really ...
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Wow -.-
    1. merismus's Avatar
      merismus -
      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.
      Can anyone please let me know in any way how this logo is related to Apple or to the Apple's brand??? Is it the ***** leaf ?????

      If you would see this logo on the road you would think LG and not Apple, they should stop their lawyer talk!!!!

      Apple is being ridiculous!!!

      They do it all the time, they sue for nothing, its like the Samsung case!!

      If Nokia had to sue all the phone manufacturer because the design was a squarish bar design and would have managed to get an injunction against the competitors than i ask myself were the mobile industry would be???? Don't you??

      I agree that logos should be respected and protected but this one here is beyond Comprehension!!!
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      ***** crapple, anythings and everythings that look like u.R have the same colors like u. U want to get 10% off it. so if we have a leaf on top of a fruits, we have to pay u R get sue by u. What R U turning this world into? ww3!!!
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      That's just disappointing suing a small food company for a couple million well I'm glad a few high paid employees will be getting an even bigger bonus this year while plenty of employes of the food company will be jobless. Bravo apple and it's heartless lawyers
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Maybe this site should stay away from this kind of story. I think people are tired of reading how apple bully's everyone. Just saying.
    1. MrElectrifyer's Avatar
      MrElectrifyer -
      Wow, quit bullying the young guys crApple, go pick on someone your own size
    1. Legonro's Avatar
      Legonro -
      Quote Originally Posted by JollyRogger View Post
      Yes it does look a bit like an Apple logo or even an LG logo, and yes Apple seem to want to sue the world, but does that make me want to stop using their products ..........

      erm NO

      So what if Apple want to sue over this or any other perceived infringement of copyright, If I were as big as them, then I'd want to protect my company & logo and patents and everything else. But their actions in or out of court does not stop their products being brilliant as all you well know.

      If you ask me, apple can sue whoever they want so long as they keep on producing the goods.

      Just my 2p worth

      Jolly
      I say that if Apple wants to sue other companies, I'm not going to support them. Alright, their products are still worth the money, but am I really going to keep paying them, allowing their company to eventually put others out of business? It's not like they own the fruit itself. They might as well sue Mother Nature for having apples grow on trees.
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      the Nanchong, Sichuan-based Fangguo had applied to register its logo under 16 different product categories, including "notebook computers" and "electronic-game software
      Do you people even read all the article or you just start complaining about how apple is bad out of pure willingness

      Why in the ******** would food producing company register for computers and electronic-game software.
      Do apple holds a license on food production? I don't think so.
      Ahh... haters gonna hate, what else i can say

      And yes, it does resemble LG more than apple, so maybe that "food-company" was inclining to scam LG, don't know. What i do know is that you do not register your logo under category of products you don't produce, have never produced and have no know-how whatsoever.
    1. Batistian's Avatar
      Batistian -
      OH WTF!!! I have 50 hectare of Apple plantation...........better cut them off now.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennder View Post
      Do you people even read all the article or you just start complaining about how apple is bad out of pure willingness

      Why in the ******** would food producing company register for computers and electronic-game software.
      Do apple holds a license on food production? I don't think so.
      Ahh... haters gonna hate, what else i can say

      And yes, it does resemble LG more than apple, so maybe that "food-company" was inclining to scam LG, don't know. What i do know is that you do not register your logo under category of products you don't produce, have never produced and have no know-how whatsoever.
      There is nothing wrong with a company wanting to expand, assuming it's not for nefarious purposes. There logo doesn't actually look like any apple, it just looks like a round object with a leaf. AS others have pointed out, it has a much closer resemblance to the LG logo than to that of an apple.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Maybe this site should stay away from this kind of story. I think people are tired of reading how apple bully's everyone. Just saying.
      Every one thinks differently. Respectable disagreements create greater understanding
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by merismus View Post
      Can anyone please let me know in any way how this logo is related to Apple or to the Apple's brand??? Is it the ***** leaf ?????

      If you would see this logo on the road you would think LG and not Apple, they should stop their lawyer talk!!!!

      Apple is being ridiculous!!!

      They do it all the time, they sue for nothing, its like the Samsung case!!

      If Nokia had to sue all the phone manufacturer because the design was a squarish bar design and would have managed to get an injunction against the competitors than i ask myself were the mobile industry would be???? Don't you??

      I agree that logos should be respected and protected but this one here is beyond Comprehension!!!
      It's true, it's silly bc it's a food company. The Samsung case might've been silly to some but I can see the reasoning behind it; Samsung is a brand of smartphones and tablets, and to be perfectly honest I mistook from afar a Galaxy Tablet as an iPad. It's not to say Apple is in the right to sue everybody else's pants off to protect itself, but it's not say it's wrong to protect intellectual property in this manner. Anyway, back on topic, the food company thing is just plain silly though. Nobody is going to mistaken that food company logo as an Apple logo; and if somebody did mistaken it, then that somebody is a noob.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Anyway, back on topic, the food company thing is just plain silly though. Nobody is going to mistaken that food company logo as an Apple logo; and if somebody did mistaken it, then that somebody is a noob.
      Another part of it is the similarity in the pinyin names of the two companies: "fangguo" versus "pingguo."

      Now while I do see two distinct logos (little ground for infringement there IMO), I can see why Apple is leery of a traditionally food-based company with a very similar name filing for new trademarks in areas Apple does care about.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Considering how in Chinese, the only thing relative of the two words is "guo" which can be identified in other fruit names as well. It'd be unfair for that to be a claim. Apple would then have to go off suing anybody who has a name branded as particular fruits. Mango for example is Mangguo. The word "fruit" itself is Shuiguo. For goodness sake the word "Cashew" is Yaoguo. All of those ending in guo carry the same pronunciation, and the same Chinese character.

      Apple is unjustified to sue anybody for either the logo or the food company's name. But I see your point Orby
    1. Sognatore88's Avatar
      Sognatore88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      I looked at the picture before I read the article and my first thought was that the author had edited an LG logo. After reading the article I'm a little surprised that it's apple taking offence to it.
      That is exactly what I thought. Their logo may be made to look like an apple, but it looks nothing like the Apple logo. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of LG.
    1. LogicBox's Avatar
      LogicBox -
      If anything LG should be complaining