by Mike Masnick
Fri, Dec 4th 2009 4:52pm
Reader mick alerts us to a legal fight in Australia with Apple working hard to stop computer firm Macpro from being able to keep its name. The company has been in business since 1983, prior to Apple introducing the Macintosh (which happened in early 1984). In other words, Macpro should have priority on the name. When Apple tried to register a trademark on Mac Pro, Macpro opposed it and won, but Apple keeps fighting, and Macrpo's boss thinks the company is just trying to force them into bankruptcy with legal bills (he's already spent $200,000). He says he's offered reasonable settlements to Apple, but gets no response. Again, given Apple's early trademark fight with the Beatle's Apple Corp., you might think that it would be sensitive to bullying other companies over trademark issues... but apparently Apple thinks different(ly).
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