Apple loses case against Norwegian iPhone repair shop about import screens




Apple has lost a lawsuit against an iPhone repair shop in Norway about the use of aftermarket screens. The store imported refurbished screens with crossed-out Apple logos and used them for repairs.

Because the refurbished screens with a visible Apple logo came from Asia, importing them in principle leads to a violation of European trademark law, according to the Norwegian judge, but because the logo is not visible to consumers, the repair shop did not infringe Apple’s trademark law. . That is what Motherboard writes on the basis of the Norwegian pronunciation .

The store, PCKompaniet, imported 67 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S screens via a Hong Kong trader, who advertised it as ‘refurbished screens manufactured by a third party’. The precise origin is not clear. The screens were equipped with Apple logos, but these were scratched through with a marker. For this reason the party was picked up by the customs, who then warned Apple.

Apple tried to settle the case with PCKompaniet. If the store were to hand over all of its documentation on the purchase of the screens and pay 27,000 Norwegian kroner, equivalent to 2,900 euros, there would be no charges for infringing Apple’s trademark law. The store decided to make it a matter.

PCKompaniet defended the case with the claim that the logos had been scratched because it was not relevant to market the products as Apple products. “PCKompaniet has not removed the cover of the Apple logo on the imported screens and does not want to do so either. PCKompaniet does not pretend to be an authorized Apple store and does not give the impression that the repair with warranty from Apple comes, “the defense said.


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