Apple Secures Trademark On Layout Of Retail Stores

Law360, New York (January 29, 2013, 9:17 PM EST) -- The U.S Patent and Trademark Office last week issued a trademark registration to Apple Inc. covering the layout of its retail stores, approving an application that suggests the company is wary of other retailers copying the spare look of its successful chain.

According to a registration document dated Jan. 22, the trademark covers the design and layout of a computer store including several elements, including "a clear glass storefront," "rectangular recessed lighting units" on the ceiling and "rectangular tables are arranged in a line in the...
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