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Apple Doesn't Appreciate Toilet Humor 104

Posted by samzenpus
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beaver1024 writes "I doubt if Apple lawyers even contemplated the irony as they slapped a small Australian company producing camping equipment with a lawsuit for trademark violations. Sea to Summit makes a product that assists in the disposal of human excrement, calling it iPood. Apple thinks that 'For obvious reasons, Apple's reputation for clean design and high-tech electronics will suffer should it be associated with latrines and the like through Sea to Summit's use of iPood.' If only Sea to Summit had the resources to fight this in court. Alas, we are witnessing yet another sign of the corrupted nature of IP laws in Australia and internationally."
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Apple Doesn't Appreciate Toilet Humor

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  • Wat (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Iburnaga (1089755) on Thursday July 22, 2010 @10:50AM (#32990052) Homepage
    Now I am personally an Apple hater. But can someone explain to me how Apple can remotely get away with bullying a company out of a different name for a completely different product?
  • by qazwart (261667) on Thursday July 22, 2010 @11:09AM (#32990378) Homepage

    To understand this, you must understand how trademarks work: If you fail to defend a trademark, you will lose it.

    Imagine a company called ElectronCo coming up with a new electronic doodad and calling it an "iPud". Apple sues claiming that the name iPud is too close to iPod and iPad, and thus it is a trademark violation, and will confuse the consumer.

    If ElectronCo can show that Apple knew about the iPood, and didn't defend its trademark against that, Apple could actually lose the case.

    Therefore, companies spend lots of time and effort defending their trademarks from all possible rivals no matter how ridiculous or silly it may look.

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