In a trademark dispute, Apple Corps., established in 1968 by The Beatles, contested that Apple Computer was violating a 1991 agreement wherein the two companies agreed that Apple Computer would give Apple Corps. exclusive rights to the trademark as it pertained to the record business. Apple Corps. cried foul when Apple Computer opened their highly acclaimed iTunes store.
Justice Mann ruled iTunes was “a form of electronic shop” and not involved in creating music.
“I conclude that the use of the apple logo … does not suggest a relevant connection with the creative work,” he wrote in his judgment.
“I think that the use of the apple logo is a fair and reasonable use of the mark in connection with the service, which does not go further and unfairly or unreasonably suggest an additional association with the creative works themselves.”
Apple Corps. has been ordered to pay all legal fees (estimated at close to $4 million), but has said that it will appeal the ruling.
To sum up: Apple sues Apple over the use of Apple. Apple loses to Apple and is ordered to pay Apple’s legal fees. Apple will appeal the ruling of Apple vs Apple. Got it?
[via The BBC]