updated 12:29 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2012
Could have weak case in trademark dispute
Apple is asking the Polish patent office, the UPRP, to cancel a trademark belonging to a local online grocery vendor, A.PL, reports say. An initial meeting in the legal dispute is said to have taken place on August 29th, but ended up adjourned and deferred to a later date. Polish site Telepolis suggests that if the dispute isn't settled out of court, it could take two to three years to resolve.
A.PL could potentially have the upper hand in the case, in which Apple is arguing that the trademark creates confusion and exploits Apple's popularity. While Apple is richer, A.PL operates a completely different kind of business, and doesn't use any Apple-like imagery on its website. The company may have chosen its name just for the sake of a simple, easy-to-remember web address.