Apple Secures Trademark for Apple Store Design
Apple has finally secured the legal trademark to the signature look, feel, and general design of the Apple Store.
The exterior as well as interior designs of the company's hugely profitable and lucrative retail stores are now the trademarked properties of Apple. According to a report late Tuesday from Reuters, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's request last week for the trademarks.
The description of the trademarks includes "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and, within the store, an "oblong table with stools...set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall."
The move comes as the latest effort my Apple to crack down on copy cat retail stores, which are springing up with surprising frequency in markets around the world.
Apple has been pursuing trademark protection for the Apple store design since May 2010.