Apple Wins 'Music' TM Fight With A Little Help From Beatles

By Bill Donahue (April 19, 2021, 3:53 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. has beaten a case filed by a jazz musician that aimed to block the company from registering "Apple Music" as a trademark, thanks to the tech giant's control of the decades-old name of The Beatles' Apple Corps media company.

In a decision on Friday, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that Apple Inc. had so-called priority to the Apple Music trademark because it could "tack" back to the first time the band had used the Apple Corps name in 1968.

The ruling has a long history for Apple, which spent decades battling The Beatles over their similarly named...

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