Back in 2003, when the Beatles' Apple Corp. sued Apple computer over trademark violations, we noted that the whole purpose of trademark was to avoid confusion -- and we doubted that anyone out there was confusing the Beatles' corporate name with that of Apple Computers. It would appear that Apple Computers' lawyers are using the same defense now that the case has actually gone to trial. However, they phrased it in a much more elegant way, stating that "even a moron in a hurry could not be mistaken" about the difference between the two companies. While other court cases have tests concerning things like "reasonable doubt" and "the average person, using community standards," personally, we think court cases would be a lot more interesting if the "moron in a hurry" test were applied more often.
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