Apple and The Beatles Can Work It Out

Apple Inc. didn’t announce anything during the SuperBowl regarding the iPod, iTunes and The Beatles. Today, Apple Inc. and Apple Corps Ltd. announce a new agreement regarding the “apple” trademark. Based on the press release, Apple Inc. gains control over the trademark and consequently ends the trademark dispute with Apple Corps Ltd.

From Apple Press Release:

Under this new agreement, Apple Inc. will own all of the trademarks related to “Apple” and will license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use. In addition, the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the companies will end, with each party bearing its own legal costs, and Apple Inc. will continue using its name and logos on iTunes®. The terms of settlement are confidential.

It’s only about time for The Beatles catalogue to be sold on the iTunes Store.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/02/05apple.html

Van Halen is Back with David Lee Roth

Van Halen has officially announced their 2007 North American  tour. After a long standing rumor and partial confirmations from Van Halen camp, David Lee Roth rejoins the Van Halen brothers. Unfortunately, this is not the complete reunion of the original Van Halen since bassist Michael Anthony will not be joining the band. In lieu of Anthony, Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang will be taking the bass duty. This should be billed as “Van Halen, Van Halen, roth, and Van Halen”.

The official press release:

http://www.van-halen.com/pressrelease.html

Apple and Cisco on iPhone: “We Can Work It Out”

Apple and Cisco are apparently back on iPhone trademark negotiations. Cisco has posted a joint statement regarding the iPhone trademark.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. January 31, 2007 – Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights and interoperability.

Apple and Cisco have been negotiating the use of iPhone trademark prior to MacWorld San Francisco 2007. Apple was reported to have abandoned negotiations the night before Steve Jobs Keynote. Cisco immediately filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple for the use of iPhone trademark following the introductions of Apple iPhone by Steve Jobs.
http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2007/corp_011007.html

According to many reports, apparently Apple is holding “iPhone” trademarks in most part of the world with the exceptions of The United States and Canada.
http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2145
http://10layers.com/2006/10/apple-filing-for-iphone-trademarks-worldwide/
http://news.com.com/2100-1036_3-6153865.html

According to some analyst Cisco might have lost their hold on “iPhone” trademark sometimes in 2006 for failing to use and defend the trademark.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/?p=236

Apple and Cisco are working together again to avoid the messy lawsuits and to benefit both companies.