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Apple Store design worthy of trademark, EU court says

Published on Jul 10, 2014 7:32 PM
 
This Sep 17, 2012 file photo shows the Apple logo on the Apple store in New York. Apple has the right to trademark its flagship store design, the EU's highest court said on Thursday, July 10, 2014, though under certain conditions. -- PHOTO: AFP

LUXEMBOURG (AFP) - Apple has the right to trademark its flagship store design, the EU's highest court said on Thursday, though under certain conditions.

In 2013, after two years of trying, iPhone-maker Apple successfully registered the design of its stores with the United States patent office, and then set out to extend the trade mark internationally.

Germany, the European Union's biggest market, refused the patent saying there was nothing unique to the store design and that the request was groundless.

Apple appealed its case with a German patent court which requested a binding opinion from the European Court of Justice on whether a store design could be trademarked without any indication of size or proportion.

 
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