Originally Posted by teckstud
Ok- so now explain the history of the word "POD".
Apple do not own the trademark for "POD". They do however own the trademark for "iPod". Which they can because it's a made up "word". Just like "Microsoft" is also a trademark by itself, because it's also a made up word. No one can use either of these "words" for any products or company name. Regardless of what it is or the fact that the company is not part of either Apple or Microsoft core business. You can not call your walking cane company "iPod" or sell diapers call "Microsoft".
Trademark law is funny in that it treats words in your trademark just as though they were images of a logo. So not only do the way they sound or how they are spelt counts, so do the way they look. You can not make an MP3 player (or related items) and name it a "tripod", an "aPod" or "POD" because they are too similar to "iPod". Even if they aren't the same word. Just way they sound and look would be a trademark violation. And thus Apple can file a complaint. Even though they do not own the trademark to "POD". By having "POD" in the name, many people may think it's an Apple product.
And it even gets funnier. If you create a font, it can be incorporated into your trademark. So if you create a font and use it for your products, you can claim trademark violation if another company uses your font on their products. Even if the the names don't even come close in sound or lettering. Just using your font that everyone associate with your company would be considered a trademark violation. You can market a soda and call it "TeckStud Cola" and most likely have no problems. But use the Coca-Cola font in your lettering (along with the red and white coloring) and you can expect a call from the lawyers at Coca-Cola. Even though Coca-Cola don't have a trademark on "TeckStud".
And that's the problem Apple has with this Woolworths logo. It doesn't matter that the two logo looks different. What matters is that on first impression, a piece of electronics or computer with a logo of an apple on it may be confused as being an Apple Inc product.
And even Woolworths don't want this to happen. The last thing Woolworths want is to have people think that their computers and electronic products are cheap Apple Inc knock offs. It doesn't help your image if people think Apple Inc first when they see the Woolworths logo on their products. Of course it could be worse. People might think of "Walmart" when they see that "W" logo.
Is this stuff getting through to you yet?