Most of us already know that Apple is famous for it’s aggressive defense of its brand image (or logo). If they were willing to sue the Victoria School of Business and Technology for infringement, then certainly Austrailia’s Woolworths could have expected the same. One key may be that Woolworth’s trademark is blanketed to extend to its entire range of products, including technology and electrical items.
Locally, Woolworths used to be a combination drug/convenience store, with a small counter style restaurant inside. They served up some of the best milk shakes around, and a wicked ice cream sundae. Today, the company sells a wide variety of products, including electronics.
A Woolworths spokesman put it this way: ”While we can’t rule anything out, we haven’t got any plans (when it comes to computers and gadgetry) at the moment.”
Looking at the example above, is their logo a stylized apple? Woolworths say’s “no”. It’s simply a stylized “W” with an “abstract leaf symbol”. Some have gone as far to suggest that it’s a stylized consumer with outstretched arms, or even an apple being peeled.
I think you’ve got to admit to the similarities between the two logos, and in fact, Woolworths may be the seller of products that are similar to those of Apple’s.
But what do you think? Are the two logos too similar? Is Apple stepping over its bounds, and being too legally aggressive in protecting its brand image?
We’re interested to learn what you think – so please weigh in and comment.