Apple Corps Ltd. is suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming that company violated a 1991 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online music store. Currently being heard by Judge Martin Mann, the case centres on a 1991 pact that ended a long-running trademark fight between the two Apples, where it was agreed that each would not tread on the other's toes by entering into a "field of use" agreement over the trademark. Apple Corps now contends that Apple Computer has violated this agreement.
London-based Apple Corps said in a statement that "unfortunately, Apple and Apple Corps now have differing interpretations of this agreement and will need to ask a court to resolve this dispute."
The two Apples are due to meet tomorrow in a London courtroom to battle it out.