A lawyer for Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday dismissed as ridiculous a long-running trademark infringement claim by The Beatles’ Apple Corps record label that has landed the two cultural icons in Britain’s High Court.
Attorney Anthony Grabiner said “even a moron in a hurry” could distinguish between the computer company’s iTunes online music business and a record company like Apple Corps.
“Even a moron in a hurry?” They may have almost lost their wigs and gowns but the barristers of England have evidently not lost their wit. I don’t even think American lawyers are allowed to say things like that.
Is he right? Well, besides not being an English lawyer, I don’t have the agreement in front of me, and this one all depends on the agreement. But “one quick question,” as a former partner of mine used to say: Apple Records? That’s still a trademark? That’s still a “record” company?
UPDATED AND THEN SOME: Ah, the “business solution…”