“Apple Corps Ltd. executives did not object to names and logos now under dispute when they were shown an Apple Computer Inc. iTunes Music Store demonstration four months before the public service launched, an Apple Computer attorney said Wednesday during closing arguments in a trademark dispute,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service. “The legal wrangling pits Apple Corps, The Beatles’ record label, against Apple Computer. A logo depicting an apple with a bite out of it is at the center of the disagreement. Following closing arguments in the High Court in London, the case will go to Justice Edward Mann, who will decide whether to grant an injunction barring Apple Computer from using the logo for the iTunes Music Store. Justice Mann said as the hearing closed Wednesday that he would probably issue his ruling toward the end of the month, not before the Easter weekend in the U.K. starting April 15.”
“Apple Corps attorney Geoffrey Vos charged that the computer company was a ‘Johnny-come-lately’ to the Apple name, and has deliberately trespassed on a registered trademark. ‘Apple Computer has been trying to take more and more away from us,’ Vos said… Apple Computer has in part deflected the charges by finely describing how its bite-marked apple logo disappears during purchases from the iTunes Music Store. The logo is only used to advertise the iTunes service, not the content, Apple Computer has argued,” Kirk reports. “A ruling against Apple Computer could mean the company would have to change the way its logo is presented in relation to the iTunes application and Music Store. Apple Corps would likely then pursue damages.”
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