Apple and pears: Apple may discontinue lawsuit against Prepear
Apple thought the Prepear’s logo might confuse people and had filed a notice of opposition against the meal prep company.
Back in August last year, Apple had sued meal prep company Prepear for its logo that looked similar to Apple's iconic one. Apple said that the Prepear logo that consisted of a minimalistic fruit design with a right-angled leaf, which “readily calls to mind Apple's famous Apple logo” and “creates a similar commercial impression”.
But that was August 2020. Now, according to a report in Macrumours, Apple has not dropped the case against Prepear but may be willing to negotiate and solve the dispute. The report states that the resolution of the dispute might happen soon based on the filings made at the US Patent and Trademark Office's Trial and Appeal Board.
As per the report, it has been requested that the legal trial proceedings be suspended for 30 days and the two parties are currently “engaged in negotiations for the settlement of this matter”.
Prepear is an app and a service that makes it easier for users to properly plan their meals and find recipes. Owned by a company called Super Healthy Kids”, Prepear had launched an online petition to make Apple “reconsider” its decision to oppose their small business. The report states that the petition got about 2.5lakh signatures in Prepear's favour.
However, these suspended proceedings do not mean that Apple will drop the legal case. If the two companies cannot arrive at a resolution by January 23 or reach out to the Appeals Board by then, the proceedings will resume and the case will go on.
It all depends on whether Apple will give in or not.