Apple's move to sue meal planning app Prepear over its pear logo has rubbed social media users the wrong way. Netizens called the tech giant a "bully" for going behind small businesses over "ridiculous" claims.

In its notice of opposition, Apple claimed Prepear's pear logo would confuse customers with Apple's apple logo making them believe the tech giant was endorsing the app. The Cupertino-based company also stated that Prepear's logo – a minimalistic fruit design with a right-angled leaf – created a commercial impression to that of Apple's popular bitten apple logo.

As a response, Prepear launched an online petition urging people to request Apple to drop its lawsuit. The company that has only five employees said it was a "terrifying experience" to be slapped with a lawsuit by one of the largest companies in the world. It also maintained it did "nothing wrong" by having the pear logo.

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Apple sued Prepear alleging the meal-planning app's pear logo would confuse buyers with the tech giant's apple logo. Change.org/Prepear

Prepear that was started by food bloggers reportedly said that they filed for a trademark of the logo in 2017 and was accepted by the U.S. Trademark Office. However, Apple filed for objection on the last day.

"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. We are defending ourselves against Apple not only to keep our logo but to send a message to big tech companies that bullying small businesses has consequences," Prepear wrote in its petition filed on Change.org.

The petition sought at least 35,000 signatures and, so far, more than 27,000 people signed the appeal. Following the petition, social media users took to Twitter to call out Apple over the lawsuit. Some users even threatened they would stop buying Apple products if the company went ahead with the case against Prepear. However, Apple is yet to respond to the development.

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Prepear and Apple
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Dear Instagram Friends- I NEED YOUR HELP! I know there are a lot of heavy things going on in the world right now, and this is nothing in comparison, but I need your help in a situation that is affecting me, my family, and my coworkers. Please help! Many of you know that I started a business called Prepear almost 5 years ago. It is an app that you can store all your recipes in one place, plan your meals, make grocery lists, and get your groceries delivered all in one place. Recently @apple yes, The trillion dollar Apple, has decided to oppose and go after our small business’ trademark saying our pear logo is too close to their apple logo and supposedly hurts their brand? This is a big blow to us at Prepear. To fight this it will cost tens of thousands of dollars. The CRAZY thing is that Apple has done this to dozens of other other small business fruit logo companies, and many have chosen to abandon their logo, or close doors. While the rest of the world is going out of their way to help small businesses during this pandemic, Apple has chosen to go after our small business. I’m not trying to get anyone to stop using or buying Apple products. I 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. We are defending ourselves against Apple not only to keep our logo, but to send a message to big tech companies that bullying small businesses has consequences. HOW YOU CAN HELP: 1 Sign the petition (link in my bio or in my stories) 2 Share that same link on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. http://chng.it/QPd2mRYW #savethepearfromapple

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