Lawyer: Apple trademark claim “silly” reports:

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?

UPDATE:  “Ed.” from Blawg Review passes along Marty Schwimmer’s insight, which answers all questions, as usual.

UPDATED AND THEN SOME:  Ah, the “business solution…”


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