“The EU’s top court said Thursday that Apple’s flagship stores fulfilled the three criteria for a trade mark: they constitute a sign; they can be represented in a graphic; and they can distinguish the goods or services sold by one company from those of another,” Stevis reports. “‘From this the Court concludes that the representation of the layout of a retail store, by a design alone, without indicating the size or the proportions, may be registered as a trade mark for services,” the court said in its judgment.’”
Stevis reports, “The judgment allows Apple to replicate its distinguishing store layout—airy, well-lit interiors displaying Apple goods on open table tops—in the EU and stops competitors from replicating the style in their shops.”
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