It’s been months since I had even thought about Presselite, then much to my entertainment an email turns up from Apple explaining that Presselite have claimed trademark infringement against Q MAPPS for our app “Paris Metro”. Here’s the claim…
Paris Metro: Trademark Infringement [URGENT] We released during December 2008 an original application called “Metro Paris” on iTunes. The application is a comprehensive guide to travelling through Paris. It includes official subway maps. Metro Paris is officially licensed by RATP of France. This application is available here: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=297404959&mt=8 A developer called Q Mapps Limited has released on February 23rd an application called “Paris Metro” on iTunes available here http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=357359624&mt=8 The application “Paris Metro” published by Q Mapps Limited is in violation of our Trademark “Paris Metro” because it uses “Paris Metro” in the name, description, screenshots and keywords, causing confusion amongst consumers searching for our application on the Appstore. Our trademarks “Paris Metro” (serial number 77939828) and “Metro Paris” (serial number 77939540) officially approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office are available on http://www.uspto.gov/ “Paris Metro” trademark document: http://ups.imagup.com/08/1267599625.jpg We kindly ask Apple to remove immediately the “Paris Metro” application from the Appstore before we take legal actions. Thank you for you comprehension. Antoine Morcos Co-founder Presselite
Presselite did indeed file trademark applications for “Paris Metro” and “Metro Paris”, I won’t copy & paste the entire trademark description here because it’s ridiculously long (almost 2,000 characters), here some snippets:
- Control systems for airport baggage handling systems
- Dive computers for underwater use
- Elevator performance monitoring system
- Relays for radio and TV stations
Wow, the name “Paris Metro” sure covers some amazing systems & applications. Of course there are many variations of computer related technologies and every other invention known to mankind in the description.
Here’s a link to the full trademark application.
The claim Presselite filed with Apple is utterly baseless & false, why? Both trademark applications were REFUSED by UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE (see highlighted text)
Rather improving their software, Presselite have reached new levels of stupidity in their pathetic attempts to get competitors removed form the App Store.