German websites General-Anzeiger Bonn and Westdeutscher Rundfunk have reported that Apple has filed an appeal with the German Patent and Trademark Office against a new German cycling path logo, which the company believes infringes on its own logo (via MacRumors).
The logo, registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office in 2018, was designed for a new cycling path named Apfelroute that is set to open in the Rhine-Voreifel region of Germany on May 19. Rhine-Voreifel Tourism has already used the logo on uniforms, bike racks, cycling maps, banners, signposts, and more.
The iPhone maker is said to have taken the issue with the logo’s green leaf and supposed “bitten” right side (see above) which according to Apple, make it too similar to its iconic logo.
In addition to the appeal, sources say that Apple’s lawyers have sent letters to Rhine-Voreifel Tourism ordering them to stop using the logo. The tourism agency, however, says it would be very expensive to do so.
“With the Apfelroute we have a completely different product and it is unbelievable that such a large company is attacking us,” according to a company official.
Apple also recently objected to the apple logo trademark that was registered by a Norwegian political party in 2018.