Apple says NO! to iPad Cutting Board

by kaplandj on February 7, 2011

I’ve been sitting on this one for months. I came up with this iPad Cheese Cutting board idea and my fabricators after some hard work were able to make one. I like coming up with creative ideas like I did with the  iPhone Sketchbook and Stencils. A few months back we received a call from Apple lawyers and we were told to stop selling them. The reason given was based on “likeness” issues. A Wood cutting board. Lord have mercy on my soul.

Not sure why I picked today to tell the world. Maybe that football season is over or something along those lines. Or it is Monday and I’m cranky.  Truth is I never sold any, but a few lucky people in the industry received a few (like at last WWDC). I still have a stack of them, along with original prototype. I think I’ll figure out a way to give them to the truly deserving among us. Maybe someone who thinks this is outrageous will blog or tweet about it and catch my eye. Just maybe.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Stanclift February 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Perhaps they’re going to incorporate this feature into iPad 2? 😉

Kevin Bacon February 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Apple is wrong. There is no possible way that anyone would mistake this cutting board for a real iPad and that is what the trademark laws attempt to protect.

colday February 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Well, if one or two of them finds their way to my house up here in Alaska, you just might get a nice gift via PayPal!

Kaplan February 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

LOL. Actually someone makes an App already that simulates a cutting board.

Maclay February 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Ridiculous. I think they’re fabulous! I would love to have one.

Anonymous February 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Dont call it an iPad cutting board and you should be fine I would think?

Kaplan February 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

We didn’t call it anything like that with name iPad in it.

Anonymous February 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

What did they actually claim you were violating?

Kaplan February 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

“likeness” issues. It was being sold on another companies site (who will go nameless). I might decide to challenge by putting it back up for sale. No decision yet.

Adam Schorr February 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Give me a break! This is beyond ridiculous!

Stupid February 8, 2011 at 12:22 am

This is stupid!!! Are this boards retina display? Apple has some atitudes that make me want to never by anything from them again! Sad! Very sad!

Brad - The Next Web February 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

You can’t sell them, but could you send me one, then I’ll send you a donation toward your hosting bill or something? Seriously.

Steven Elliott February 8, 2011 at 2:15 am

That’s really sucks; those cutting boards are awesome! I’m an iOS developer I’d love to have one if there’s any sort of “donation” that could be made.

mrkwst22 February 8, 2011 at 3:07 am

I just got through writing a comment about Apple’s ongoing “Magazinegate”. This treatment of you and a pretty cool design idea just makes no sense in a broad view. This attitude of their’s is a sword right to heart of what makes Apple what it is. They have lost their sense of fun and their sense of humor. Apple has started to act like a stodgy middle-aged corporation who is believing their own press. I’ve been doing Apple since 1978. I won’t change. But Apple may start losing a very fickle younger generation, and when they move on and us silverbacks start dying off, they may want to revisit this moment.

Anonymous February 8, 2011 at 3:37 am

And this is why i don’t like apple as a company.

Ghz February 8, 2011 at 3:44 am

any proof of your claim? no?

Sean_culley February 8, 2011 at 3:45 am

These boards are just amazing! I own an iPad and several iPhones but screw you APPLE you uptight wankers!

Axs February 8, 2011 at 4:06 am

How is it ridiculous?
How would you like it if someone drew a caricature likeness of your face and start selling it as a cutting board and not giving you a dime of the profit?
And here we are complaining as the masses about the Chinese plagiarised our innovations and yet when it’s another one of us doing the same thing makes it okay?
What’s the difference?

So, do you also make duplicates of your copy of Microsoft Office, repackage it and sell it with a different name and expect to not have any repercusion?

It is what it is. You duplicated someone else’s IP and you’re not giving back any royalties and there you have it.

Kaplan February 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

You do make a good point. It’s a fine line sometimes.

Kaplan February 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

I can’t divulge the fabricators name. They were totally freaked when it happened. I can understand they don’t need to mess with the big boys. First the link to shopping cart was mentioned in a popular Mac blog. Then bingo.

Owenmeaney0 February 8, 2011 at 4:34 am

Ummm… Apple’s IP extends to rectangles with bezels and a circle at the bottom? Puh-leaze… the lawyers at Apple must be bored.

Anonymous February 8, 2011 at 5:09 am

Such a neat idea, I would be happy to blog about it on It’s All Tech.

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