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Submission + - Apple trademarks its Stores to deter copycats (

walterbyrd writes: "The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) approved Apple's request to trademark the design and layout of its stores last week, according to patent office records.

Apple has requested that no store be allowed to replicate various features, including "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a panelled facade" or an "oblong table with stools... set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall"."

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Apple trademarks its Stores to deter copycats

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