“When the Apple Corps first sued Apple Computer Inc. in 1981 (winning a reported $80,000) over its trademark I thought the computer maker should have fought harder because the dispute wasn’t going to go away. Sure enough, a few years later in 1989, Apple paid Apple Corps $26 million. You’d think that would have covered all the possibilities. But no. This week they’re at it again,” John C. Dvorak writes for MarketWatch.
“Originally it began with a suit over the image of an Apple and Apple Computer promising not to get into the music business. Then it got into the music business in an offhand way with a music-making program, but it lost again and promised not to actually distribute CD’s or music. Now, of course, it distributes music with iTunes and this meant another drink from the well of good fortune by the ever-alert Apple Corps,” Dvorak writes. “The irony to all this is the fact that Apple Computer has a long history of suing people itself and now is getting a taste of its own medicine. I recall Apple Computer suing the Pineapple computer company for making a clone of the Apple II. Apple essentially put Pineapple out of business. There has been a lot of litigation with this company but it cannot seem to break free of this Apple Corps operation, which must be finding this easy money just too good to pass up.”
“Unless the British courts cave to the Americans, all that can be done is to open the pocketbook and dole out another few million to the already loaded owners of Apple Corps,” Dvorak writes. “This shouldn’t hurt the bottom line to any real extent during a period of rapid growth. But what it does do is reinforce the notion of karma on the somewhat spiritual and ascetic Steve Jobs. After all it was during his first reign at Apple that the company itself first became litigious. In an effort to save the money, though, I would suggest that the company change its name for good. Offer a million dollars to the public-at-large in a competition to rename the company. That would do the job and get the publicity needed for it to be promotional. Why not?”
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