Apple (until last month Apple Computer) has finally won unfettered rights to its name. 


The company has been locked in a decades'-long battle with Apple Corps Ltd, the Beatles' company, over the user of the name and Apple logos.
Yesterday, the two companies signed a new agreement, replacing a 1991 deal, concerning the name and logos. Under the new agreement, Apple will own all trademarks related to the name but will licence some of them 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 will continue using its name and logos on iTunes. The terms of settlement are confidential.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, comments: “We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks. It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future.”
Commenting on the settlement on behalf of the shareholders of Apple Corps, Neil Aspinall, manager of Apple Corps, said: “It is great to put this dispute behind us and move on. The years ahead are going to be very exciting times for us. We wish Apple every success and look forward to many years of peaceful co-operation with them.”