Apple complains about grocery site

2012-09-11 16:35
iPad maker Apple has turned its attention to a grocery website in Poland over intellectual property. (AP)

iPad maker Apple has turned its attention to a grocery website in Poland over intellectual property. (AP)

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Warsaw - Apple, fresh from a patent victory against South Korean rival Samsung in the US, has turned its sights on a smaller target - Polish online grocery website

The Polish patent office said on Tuesday the US 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.

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

"The accusation is ludicrous," said chief executive Radoslaw Celinski.

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 on Wednesday.

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