As reported by MacRumors, it appears that Apple and Prepear have entered into negotiations to resolve a trademark dispute that Apple has filed against the company.
While Apple has not withdrawn its opposition, it appears that a resolution to the dispute may come quite soon, as the filings with the US Patent and Trademark Office of the Board of Appeals and Trials. in negotiations for the solution of this matter ”.
In August, Apple was reported to have objected to Prepear’s trademark application for its logo, a pear that Apple claims looks too much like the Apple logo.
According to the founders, Apple “has opposed the trademark application for our small company, Prepear, demanding that we change our obviously pear-shaped logo, which is used to represent our brand in the recipe management and recipe planning business. foods”.
In response to Apple’s objection, Prepear started a petition on Change.org to gain public support and save its logo. So far, the petition has received more than a quarter of a million signatures. While it is unclear what prompted both parties to enter into direct negotiations, they have 30 days to do so. If no agreement is reached in that time, it appears that the dispute will not begin to see any kind of resolution until at least December of next year.
Despite the official 30-day pause, either party is free to resume the proceedings at any time and the proceedings will automatically resume on January 23 if there is no further news from the two parties. If no settlement is reached, the dispute appears to drag on for some time, with initial pre-trial disclosures scheduled to begin in March, main trial briefs beginning in October, and a possible request for an oral hearing not coming until December. from 2021..
Prepear has said that despite the dispute cost them thousands of dollars and the need to fire at least one employee, they plan to continue the fight to protect small businesses.
Prepear says they “feel a moral obligation to take a stand against Apple’s aggressive legal action against small businesses and fight for the right to keep our logo. We are defending ourselves against Apple not just to keep our logo, but to send a message to big tech companies that bullying small companies has consequences.
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