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Apple files patents for logos used by the Beatles

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Apple files patents for logos used by the Beatles
Steve Jobs is a true Beatles fanboy, isn't he? He has used Beatles references in many of his speeches, and even claimed that his business model is based on the Beatles.

But it's not only about words, it's about deeds - Apple managed to bring all major Beatles albums to iTunes, but that doesn't seem to be enough. After resolving the differences between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps (which represents The Beatles) with an agreement in 2007, the Cupertino-based company has filed two trademark applications to the European Trademarks Office for the famous Granny Smith Apple Logos.

For those of you who are not obsessed Beatles fans (how dare you?), these logos were used as disc covers on the last album the Fab Four recorded - Abbey Road (although it is not the last album Beatles released).

The file applications cover "computer hardware, online social networking services and mobile phones" among other things, and ensure that Apple Inc. has the full rights over these "Apple" logos and trademarks.

source: Patently Apple via Electricpig UK
Apple's patent

Apple's patent


Beatles' Abbey Road covers

Beatles' Abbey Road covers


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posted on 15 Mar 2011, 09:56 5

1. Maestro716 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2011)


You've got to be kidding me!

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 10:01 4

2. MedioGringo (unregistered)


...in other news. Apple patents the moon.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 16:12

10. android_hitman (Posts: 587; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


hahahahahahahaha

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 10:13 3

3. Droyd (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)


What's next, "Jobs" patent?????

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 22:21 1

13. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Oh, you know they're gonna being showing clips and footage of him from the day he dies until they day they go out of business.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 10:46 7

4. 3MTA3 (unregistered)


So HE is a copycat too.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 13:09 3

5. bluechrism (unregistered)


2 years from now:

Apple files patent for apples.

Sorry, but don't patent this - selling beatles records on iTunes is one thing, but these are iconic images in music history, and apple or anyone else in the tech spere shouldn't be touching these.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 13:22 2

6. Sniggly (Posts: 6470; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Meh, he can have the beatles. But if he lays a hand on the Beach Boys, THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 13:35

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


There is a minor problem for Apple - the trademarks were previously used by someone else. Unless that certain someone else has assigned their prior use of the trademarks to Apple, there is going to be a tough row to hoe to get the trademarks registered for Apple.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 14:21 2

8. B (unregistered)


Apples thirst fro dominance and draconian control knows no bounds,its quite simply shocking. Even worse is the armies of idrones who mindless hand over apple all their ca$h year after year fueling the flames

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 15:03 2

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I understand why Apple is doing this. They're a multi-billion dollar company. They're an easy target for opportunists. If they don't patent what they use right now, somebody else would, and sue them to get money.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 17:01

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6470; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


But, um, Apple ISN'T using this logo. At least not yet. Which means that they're going to use a widely recognized symbol of a beloved band to squeeze more money out of people. Is this necessarily any worse than what other companies have done in the past? Maybe not, but he could theoretically charge anyone royalties for using the original logo to sell any more copies of the album. I've never heard of a company breaching that territory before.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 02:25

14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well so what if they're planning to use it in the future? Might as well patent it now before anyone else does. And hello, they're not patenting the Beatles, just logos, and it's not even been approved yet. Go file one for yourself. Who cares?

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 22:19 2

12. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


This is yet another flopped apple fiasco that is going nowhere.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 02:25

15. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Hmmmm, and here's another flopped comment from you, lol.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 20:40

16. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


F Jobs for trying to ride the Beatle's coat tail.

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