Apple filed a lawsuit against the developers of the Prepear app because of the pear logo. The company said that Prepear’s logo in the form of a green pear with a small leaf is too similar to Apple’s logo.
Prepear is an iOS and Android app for discovering meal plans, making shopping lists, helping users find and store recipes, and more.
In response, Prepear representatives posted a petition on сhange.org called "Save the Pear from Apple!" to persuade Apple to withdraw the claim. At the moment, more than 27,000 users have signed it.
Also, in the document, Prepear calls for Apple to stop abusing its financial position and harass small businesses currently experiencing difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives of Prepear intend to keep their logo and thereby show big tech companies that bullying small businesses has consequences.
Russell Monson, the co-founder of Prepear, said that this is not the first time Apple has sued small companies that did nothing wrong, just used fruit in their logos. He claims that Apple has filed dozens of similar lawsuits against small companies with fruit-related logos.
"Before attacking us, Apple has opposed dozens of other trademark applications filed by small businesses with fruit-related logos. Many of those logos were changed or abandoned. Most small businesses cannot afford the tens of thousands of dollars it would cost to fight Apple," Russell Monson declared in the petition.
"It is a very terrifying experience to be legally attacked by one of the largest companies in the world, even when we have clearly done nothing wrong, and we understand why most companies just give in and change their logos. We feel a moral obligation to take a stand against Apple's aggressive legal action against small businesses and fight for the right to keep our logo," Prepear said.