Would you eat an iPhone? Alright, it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to digest a Lithium battery, silicon chips, PCBs, metals, etc… But how about slurping away at an iPhone ice cream on a hot day? That sounds a lot more delectable than a real iPhone.
An ice cream maker in the Lioaning Province of China has created an iPhone ice cream that is very popular among students in the area, according to a report from Sina. Before being able to dig into the tasty treat, a person has to tear up a wrapper that has a picture of a product that looks exactly like the iPhone 4. Once the wrapper is off; people can chomp away at an ice cream that looks like Apple’s logo.
The owner admits that there’s nothing especially unique about the taste of the ice cream, so perhaps the popularity of his product actually reflects how desirable an Apple product is in China.
Okay, onto a more serious matter. How is this not some sort of copyright or trademark infringement? According to a staff member of the Shenyang Industrial and Commercial Bureau, the popular iPhone ice cream does not infringe Apple’s copyright or trademark because food and tech are in two different sectors. Hence, if Apple wants to own the logo or trademark in the food and tech sectors, it will have to register the logo and trademark in both sectors.
The ice cream sells for 1 yuan (~$0.16) each. Excuse me sir, how many can I get for a dollar?