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Apple loses EU ‘Think Different’ legal challenge
Apple loses EU ‘Think Different’ legal challenge

The Court of Justice of the European Union has rejected Apple’s bid to overturn a EUIPO decision to revoke its ‘Think different’ EU trademark.

Apple had previously owned the ‘Think Different’ word sign due to applications filed with the EU in 1997, 1998, and 2005. However, in 2016 Swiss watchmaker Swatch filed to have Apple’s ownership of the phrase, Swatch used ‘Tick Different’ in its own marketing and was subject to a legal challenge by Apple, which the Cupertino company lost.

To rub salt into the wound, the EU’s Court of Justice has now rejected Apple’s appeals, filed in January 2021 against the decision to revoke its trademark.

The court ruled that Apple hadn’t proven the court was wrong to revoke the trademark, and in a sly dig noted that the Board of Appeal said the “Think Different” slogan had “a rather weak distinctive character.”

The court also noted that the advertising evidence submitted by Apple pertained to the use of the slogan more than 10 years before the period relevant to the case.

Apple used the slogan to advertise the company from 1997 to 2002.


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