Apple trademarks design of its retail stores

The Apple logo is pictured at the company's flagship retail store in San Francisco, California(Reuters) – Apple Inc, known for aggressively protecting its iPads and iPhones from copycats, is doing the same for the interior design of its stores. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's request last week for trademarks on the minimalist design and layout of its retail outlets, the office's records show. The description of the trademarks includes "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and, within the store, an "oblong table with stools…set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall. …


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