updated 05:10 pm EST, Mon December 10, 2012
Broad patent could potentially affect numerous products
Apple has filed for a trademark on the leaf in its logo, The Register says. The submission was made to the European Trademark Registry on December 3rd, using lawyers from a London firm called Edwards Wildman. If granted, the trademark would cover 10 different categories of products, ranging from things like computers and educational products to jewellery and shoes.
Apple has come under fire in recent years for attempting to patent or trademark seemingly common design traits. One of the most cited examples is the rounded rectangular shape of the iPad, for which Apple was in fact granted US patent rights in November. Critics have charged that the design feature is extremely generic, and that it's difficult to design a tablet that doesn't at least echo Apple patents.