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Long and Winding Road Leads to a Trademark Settlement Between Apple Inc. and the Beatles

The Two Apples Bury the Hatchet The Trademark Blog BBC: Music Profiles, The Beatles [Real Player] Abbey Road Studios [Real Player, Macromedia Flash Player] All About Apples Before the late 1970s, when most people heard the word “apple”, they probably thought of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and perhaps the McIntosh. Of course, after the ever-so popular Apple II was released in 1977, many people became to associate the word with the quickly growing computer company that seemed to release a groundbreaking product every couple of years. Now, there was another “apple” of sorts in the picture, namely Apple Records, which was the record label founded by the Beatles in 1968. Since 1978, there have been a number of trademark infringement lawsuits between Apple Records and Apple Inc., and some have wondered whether the disputes would ever be completely resolved. There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel this week as Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs announced that there was a formal settlement of their long-running trademark dispute. Many members of Apple Inc.’s management team are self-professed devotees of the Beatles, as Jobs himself noted when he remarked “We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks.” It remains to be seen how long it will take for Beatles songs to appear on iTunes, but many fans remain hopeful. The first link will take users to a Washington Post article that offers additional details on the recent settlement between Apple, Inc. and Apple Records. Moving along, the second link leads to a nice bit of reporting from National Public Radio on the settlement between these two well-known companies. The third link leads to the very interesting blog created by the Schwimmer Mitchell Law Firm, which provides commentary on current trademark law cases in the news. The fourth link will take users to a site on the Fab Four created by the BBC. Here, visitors can read profiles of each of the Beatles and also listen to a number of interpretations of “Let it Be”. The fifth link leads to the impressive website of Abbey Road Studios and visitors can enjoy a full virtual tour of the Studios and also read an in-depth history of this most hallowed recording locale. Created by Glen Sanford, the sixth link here leads to one of the many sites that provide an informal history of Apple Inc. Here, visitors can view original ads promoting the Apple II, and learn about the various products the company has released over the years. The final link leads to a site about actual apples and what to do with them in terms of baking, cooking, and how to grow them in your own orchard.
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Apple, Beatles Settle Trademark Lawsuit
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February 9th, 2007
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February 19th, 2007 at 2:59pm
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February 21st, 2007 at 2:55pm
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