Apple got sued by the Swiss Federal Railway Service in October over use of their clock-face, and now another European railway has decided they want some money from Apple too.
Russian Railways has filed a trademark lawsuit against Apple for about $65,000 (2 million roubles). The reason behind the lawsuit isn’t really clear at this point, but it’s been speculated that Russian Railways is mad about people using their logo in the App Store without permission.
Russian Railways (RZD) released a public statement noting that the infringement relates to the RZD registered trademark, certificate number 341333 and the use of it in the Apple Store in pictures. It’s likely that RZD isn’t happy about third-party apps using their logo in the App Store without permission.
Apple faces a similar lawsuit with Cartier in 2009 where a number of apps were using the Cartier logo without permission. Apple settled the lawsuit quickly by pulling the apps, so we imagine this lawsuit with RZD will follow a similar path.