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ADT sues Amazon's Ring over lookalike blue octagon logo

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Another day brings another logo court case. This week certainly feels like the world's copyright lawyers have come back from furlough ready for action. This time, it's Amazon under fire for an infringement – and it's a case that was supposed to be done and dusted already. 

Home security company ADT is suing Amazon's smart home company Ring for creating a product that it says is too similar to its existing icon. And we have to say, we kinda see where ADT coming from. Maybe Amazon should have looked further afield for its logo design inspiration. Have a look below to make your own judgement.

Amazon sued by ADT

ADT's logo (left) compared with Amazon's Ring (right) (Image credit: ADT/Amazon)

Let's run through the major design points shall we? Octagonal? Check. Blue? Check. White brand name in the centre? Check. Beyond the differences in the logos and type of blue used, there isn't much diversity here.

According to ADT's objection, Amazon's logo bears a "striking similarity" to its own, and Amazon is benefitting from what it says about its logo: "ADT's Famous Blue Octagon – an iconic trademark recognisable virtually anywhere in the United States – has been a symbol of ADT's dedication to its customers." 

Amazon vs ADT

Can you see a similarity? (Image credit: ADT LLC vs RING LLC filing)

Amazon seemed to accept this comparison (see the two above, in situ) way back in 2016, when it agreed to tone down the blue in the Ring logo. But the blue hue has now returned on an outdoor siren, and the 12 trademarks ADT has over its mark are being cited in a court case. 

Given Google has just bought a $450 million stake in ADT, this case feels like a clash of the tech titans. We look forward to finding out how Amazon responds to the claims. 

Missed all the other logo design clashes going on right now? Catch up on Kanye West vs Walmart right here. There's also Amazon vs a new charity shop, and don't forget Chanel's battle with Huwaei.

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia Coggan is a regular freelance contributor for Creative Bloq, who has also worked on T3 and Top Ten Reviews. With a particular interest in branding and retro design, Georgia writes about everything from logo design to creative technology, enjoys hunting down genuinely good deals and has even used her knowledge as an ex-teacher to create buying guides on products including children's books and bookcases. Tying these design interests together is an obsession with London Underground posters from the last century.