Trademark Infringement: Apple Reprimands Web Developers
Web Developer Wants to Connect Apple and Microsoft
Graphic artists, designers and creative types often use Apple Macs for their work. There are several reasons for this: Communication between iPhone, iPad and Mac runs smoothly, by default the displays are sharper than on Windows PCs, and new versions of the operating system are always free of charge. However, the majority of users still use a Windows computer with the default Internet Explorer web browser. Because the operating systems Mac OS and Windows don’t get along well, misunderstandings and compatibility problems arise again and again when web designers, developers and their clients work together.
This is where a web designer and exali client comes into play. He wanted to build a bridge between web designers and clients and developed a test system for this purpose. His product displays Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9 on a Macintosh computer under the Mac OS operating system as if it were a Windows PC. The intention was for developers to be able to work with their familiar tools, but easily check how the designs are presented in Internet Explorer and show them to their clients.
Putting “Mac” in the Brand Name: Can You Do That?
Expensive Letter from Apple
However, Apple saw it very differently. No sooner had the objection period started at the DPMA than the web developer and exali client received a letter from a renowned large law firm that represents Apple in Germany in legal matters. It said that the technology giant feared a risk of confusion with its own product, since both products are registered in brand protection class 38, i.e. services from the telecommunications sector (in contrast to the BigMac and MAC Cosmetics, which are registered in other classes). The firm asked the web developer to sign a cease and desist statement. If he were to continue to use the product name, a contractual penalty of 10.000 euros would be due for each case of trademark infringement. In addition, our client was asked to have the trademark removed. The amount in dispute was assumed to be 200.000 euros.
Why Apple Is so Tough on Trademark Infringement
Anyone who follows the press will find that Apple repeatedly takes action against companies of all kinds for trademark infringements. When it comes to small business owners, many are surprised that the technology giant shows no mercy. But Apple is not really being “evil” here because companies have to defend their brand on the market. The reason for this is that as soon as a trademark loses its expressiveness, trademark protection can be withdrawn again. That happened, for example, with the term “Post”. After the privatisation of “Deutsche Post AG”, the Federal Court of Justice ruled that the term was only used descriptively. Since then, anyone has been able to deliver the “post”, not just the postman with the post horn on her jacket.
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With over 10 years of professional experience in online marketing at various platforms and online stores, project manager Kathrin Bayer provides valuable tips that go beyond current trends.
When she writes articles for exali, they mostly revolve around SEO or SEA risks, e-commerce and online trade or the media industry. She is on fire for all online marketing areas, combining experience with curiosity.