Apple Sues Poland Grocery Store

Apple Sues Poland Grocery Store

If you think the headline is deliberately spiced up to gain your attention to this blog post, then this is certainly NOT the case. Yes! Apple is being insane enough to sue an online grocery store! Reuters is reporting that Apple is suing an online Polish grocery retailer named, which is an obvious pun to the fruit name “Apple” that happens to be their company name too. Apple has also filed a complaint with the Polish Patent Office claiming that the Polish company copied Apple’s logos on its website.

Notice: For apple fan boys it’s time to discontinue reading the post. The post contains text that may hurt your loyalties for Apple.

Being protective about patents and trademarks is acceptable but being  protective so much so that suing an online grocery store that has literally nothing to do with gadgets and gizmo is ridiculous. Everyone in this world is sensible enough to understand Apple’s stance to go against any electronics supplier that was using an Apple-like branding to sell their products, but certainly going against a innocent grocery store?? It doesn’t make sense.

A Polish patent office spokesman Adam Taukert reportedly said: “Apple brand is widely recognized and the company says that, by using the name that sounds similar, is using Apple’s reputation”. That is the grocery store is using Apple branding to sell vegetables?( Do you mean that?)

With the suit filed, Apple is thinking that is using their logo to attract customers who intend to come to the website to purchase igadgets and end up buying fresh fruits and vegitables. In essence, Apple is claiming that the poor grocery store has copied its logo, which is associated with their gadgets, to sell fruits and vegetables. Yes, indeed people can be blind enough to purchase a cauliflower thinking of it as an iPad! Or they come to the website thinking of it as an Apple technology website and are allured to buy fresh fruits and so the apple products sales are dropping, or what??

I happened to view the website that was in non-English language. The fact that the website wasn’t in English and does not have a single image of gadgets on it proves that the relation (if any) is just a co-incidence.

Now for the logo. The company’s main logo isn’t infringing in the least by any angle (thank god!) But their offshoot company, fresh24, had been using a logo sometime back that has caused the suit.

To date you have played “Find the difference between pictures”; today let’s play “Find similarity”

Probably it’s not about patents and the grocery Stores. It’s more about the domain I perceive. Apple may want to acquire the domain name. Where pl is top level domain for Poland. Apple is no doubt a mastermind in technology innovation and has brought some revolutionary gadgets to the world but it is weak in this suit.

  • weirdos

    I knew they were a weird bunch, and this confirms it.

  • Mike

    Even more reason for me not to buy their stuff.

  • Mike

    Even more reason for me not to buy their stuff.

  • martadinata

    really don’t interested anymore to apple

  • Tommy Lee

    Their lawyers and marketing people will find a way to sell the made up similarities to a jury :D

  • guiltypixel

    Someone should make Apple’s lawyers aware of the similarities between the Apple logo and the appearance of a Molotov cocktail by delivering one.

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  • joker159

    just crazy ! what’s the point to sue everyone ???? :(

  • joker159

    just crazy ! what’s the point to sue everyone ???? :(

  • terry

    The online grocery cant use a green apple icon?
    Do they sell green apples or not?

    Last year Arsenal Football Club which makes millions sued a small hat shop in Spain or Italy for naming the shop Arsenale.
    I guess people were buying faulty umbrellas and blaming it on Arsene Wenger.

    Apple does plenty of nasty and shitty things that this barely registers on the radar.
    Its more like “Theyre suing? Of course they are…..”

    The true believers (you know who you are… the same lot who tried for years to convince me that OS8-9 werent horrible pieces of crap, that Motorola was way superior to Intel, that Firewire was better than USB or that clicking on the trash to eject a cd was ‘intuitive’) just treat it as white noise.
    Their toys make them feel whole (not to mention my favorite ‘make them more artistic’) and complete as if they were another limb so its not like youd expect anything more.

  • Camilo Ernesto

    This happens everywhere.

    Microsoft doing weird stuff with Novell, Apple suing everywhere, the SFLC suing everywhere because of a horrible implementation, regarding the interpretation of “GPL compliance”…

    From both propietary and open-source camps there had been huge mistakes.

    Mono was not a bad thing at all, but many free software fanatics may kill it. Of course, the Microsoft-Novell deal was much more than a slippery-slope.

    The usage of busybox for embedded devices should not be so restrictive, we are talking about Open Source Software here!!

    Apple, though I like their macbooks and not much else, sues everywhere too.

    Empowerment of such things is not restricted to Apple, or Microsoft. Unfortunately, Organizations supporting Open Source Software, like the FSF in America and the SFLC are going through that very same path.

    I hate to say it, but I got used to it.

    That’s why I’m away from such problems most of the time.

    Kind Regars.

  • Anthony Venable

    There are some things that I feel are absolutely wrong regardless of what company we are talking about. To sue someone that is selling something that has nothing do with your products is absolutely crazy. Not to mention that logo looks nothing like that of Apple’s. Come on people! Stop the madness!