Russian Railways sues Apple over trademark infringement

By , Jan 15, 2013

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I don’t know what it is with Apple and European railways, but another one has taken up a beef with the Cupertino company. Today, Russian Railways announced that it has issued a trademark infringement suit against Apple.

The reason behind the lawsuit is still not entirely clear, but it looks like it has something to do with third-party apps in the App Store that use RZD’s (that’s the abbreviation for Russian Railways) logo without permission…

Here’s the full statement from RZD (via CNET):

“Clarification of the lawsuit JSC “Russian Railways” company to Apple Inc.

JSC “Russian Railways” to the Arbitration Court of Moscow with a claim concerning infringement of the exclusive right to the trademark under the certificate No. 341333 by Apple Inc. We are talking about the use of the trademark of “Russian Railways” in the online store Apple Store by posting pictures.

The Company intends to continue to protect its intellectual property, especially as the decision of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the trademark [is] recognized as well known in the Russian Federation.”

The story is a bit redolent of Apple’s recent tiff with Swiss Federal Railways. The SBB charged the company with using its iconic clock design in its iOS 6 iPad Clock app without permission. Apple settled the case for $20 million.

But seeing how this more than likely has to do with 3rd party apps using Russian Railways’ logo, the solution this time may be as easy as pulling those titles. We should be hearing more about this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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  • http://twitter.com/BUSfromRUS Alexander Bus

    I hate this country. Sueing Apple for third-party app is beyond all limits of stupidity. But hey, they are on news sites now.

    • EpicFacepalm

      Hating a country just because of its railways firm? It seems you are searching blind excuses for hating Russia. Hey dude, I hate Google, therefore I hate USA (sarcasm).

      • http://twitter.com/BUSfromRUS Alexander Bus

        I hate russia because I live in russia. And believe me, I have a couple more reasons to hate it.

  • jose castro

    lol they should sue the person who made the app. how is apple supposed to know that it was already a trademark..

  • RarestName

    Is it because Apple approved the icon without knowing?
    ಠ_ಠ

    • jose castro

      lol still its bs… they still wouldn’t of known about the trademark … there are so many out there…