On 5 February 2007, Apple Inc. and Apple Corps announced a settlement of their trademark dispute under which Apple Inc. would own all of the trademarks related to "Apple" and would license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use. The settlement ended the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the companies, with each party bearing its own legal costs, and Apple Inc. would continue using its name and logos on iTunes. The settlement included terms that were confidential, although newspaper accounts at the time stated that Apple Computer was buying out Apple Corps' trademark rights for a total of $500 million U.S. The Canadian IP Office disclosed that the famed Beatles recording label logo is now a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. now owns the Famed Apple Corps Logo
Commenting on the settlement in 2007, the late Steve Jobs stated that "We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks. It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future."
The Canadian database records show that there was unsuccessful opposition to Apple owing the logo by a company named Apple Box Productions Sub Inc.. The Canadian IP Office database shows that Apple Inc. has since been granted the registered trademark. As we reported, Apple originally filed for the famed Apple Corps logo trademark in Europe in March 2011.
This is the end of a "Long and Winding Road" or should I say Long and Winding Legal Road for the Beatles Apple Corps logo.
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In Other Apple IP News
In other Apple IP news out of Canada, we see that Apple's "Genius" trademark has now been approved and registered as of October 22, while Apple has officially abandoned their pursuit of the "iPodcast" trademark which isn't to be confused with their registered trademark for "Podcast."
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