Apple, fresh from a patent victory against South Korean rival Samsung, has turned its sights on a smaller target – Polish online grocery website The Polish patent office said yesterday that the U.S-based maker of the iPad, iPhone and iPod had filed a complaint, accusing the website of copying one of Apple's icons to its logo and riding its coattails to win customers.

“The Apple brand is widely recognised and the company says that, by using the name that sounds similar, is using Apple's reputation,” patent office spokesman Adam Taukert said.

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After the Samsung whale, Apple going after the plankton now chief executive Radoslaw Celinski said, “The accusation is ludicrous.” The firm, which is not currently using the logo in question, is looking at Apple's complaint.

A date for an official hearing has not been set yet.

The law firm Baker & McKenzie, which represents Apple in Poland, was not available to comment.

Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone today.


Publish date: September 12, 2012 11:12 am| Modified date: December 19, 2013 1:02 am

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