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Apple trademark ruling unlikely before Easter

A ruling in the Apple vs. Apple trademark case is unlikely before Easter. Following closing arugents yesterday, judge Edward Mann said his judgement in the legal battle between Apple Computer and the Beatles’ Apple Corps over the use of the apple logo was unlikely to be before the Easter break. “In one corner, Apple Corps Ltd.‘s lawyer Geoffrey Vos said Apple Computer is a ‘Johnny-Come-Lately’ that is attempting to steal the British company’s trademark and increasingly encroach on its territory,” reports the AP. “In the other corner, Apple Computer lawyer Anthony Grabiner said the company is doing nothing wrong and music lovers are smart enough to tell the difference between the use of the apple logos.”

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I think we’re smart enough to tell the difference. I don’t see why they don’t just have Apple Corps. use the symbol with the whole Apple and have Apple Computer keep the one with a bite out of it. Simple… easy to tell the difference… I really don’t see the big deal.

Has anyone else noticed the HUGE amount of iron-cross symbols out there?? I mean, West Coast Choppers or whatever it is uses it and I’ve seen several clothing companies with it. Look it up! It’s a Nazi medal!! lol Really if all that is going on and we can still get along then Apple can live with what they’ve got.

Posted by March Hare on April 6, 2006 at 7:54 AM (PDT)

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You guys should create a poll or something asking people which company they learned about first.
Prior to iPod/iTunes and all the legal threats, I didn’t even know Apple Corps existed (and I’m a 34-year-old Beatles listener).
Why hasn’t Creative sued Apple over the “Nano” name?

Posted by fondy44 on April 6, 2006 at 8:21 AM (PDT)

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[Warning: Contents may be totally off topic]

@ March Hare:

The “iron cross symbol” is not a Nazi medal.  It’s more generally referred to as a cross pattée, and has been used by the German (and Prussian) army since long before the Nazis came to power.  It’s currently the official symbol of the German armed forces (the Bundeswehr).

The Nazis stole more than a few symbols for their cause that are now usually only associated with Nazi-ism (you’re excused).  The swastika, for example, is a holy symbol in such cultures as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and many Native American traditions.  Even the word “swastika” is derived from the Sanskrit “svastika”!

Sorry to go off like that, but I really hate how these symbols have been so completely subverted by the Nazis.

[We now return you to your regularly scheduled discussion]

Posted by juicemouse on April 6, 2006 at 9:40 AM (PDT)

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I’m with fondy44 on this one. When I say “Apple” I’m referring to the computer company, not the record company. I even have a music business degree, and Apple Corp was never mentioned in class.

Don’t blame Apple (computer) for getting off their butts and pitching their logo! I think the only time I’ve actually seen Apple Corp’s logo is on the Beatles Red and Blue albums I have.

Unless you’re a die-hard Beatles fan, does anyone care?

Posted by jen on April 9, 2006 at 8:23 AM (PDT)

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