Get those tables out of line!

If you have a shop, be careful you don’t line your tables up. You might be getting a letter (or a writ) from Apple’s lawyers.

From the Register:

We’re not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Rectangular tables protected, no word on rounded corners

The US Patent and Trademark office last week granted Apple’s application to trademark a retail store featuring computers. It is the “distinctive design and layout” that Apple now holds the unique design rights to, thanks to US Trademark 85036990. The application to exclusively own this particular store arrangement – specifically “rectangular tables arranged in a line” – was filed in December 2010 and granted on 22 January 2013.

A line drawing and a photo detailing the “distinctive layout” are included in the submitted paperwork:

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Apple hasn’t trademarked having a floor, walls or lights, but details of the storefront, the shelves, the arrangement of the tables and the position of the products are now the iPhone maker’s intellectual property.

Read the whole thing here. And then tell me the world has not gone mad.