Posted by Matthew on Monday May 24, 2004 @05:38PM
from the An-apple-by-any-other-name dept.
Matthew writes: According to Gwyneth Paltrow’s publicist, Apple computers has sued the actress and her husband, Chris Martin of rock band Coldplay, for trademark infringement over the name of their newborn daughter, Apple Martin.
“This is reprehensible behavior, especially from a company that Gwyneth formerly liked. Chris and Gwyneth did not have apple computers in mind when they named Apple—they were thinking about the fruit. Apple didn’t invent the word apple, you know. The fruit companies should sue them.”
An Apple spokesperson responded to the criticism: “Apple has a fiduciary duty to its shareholders not to allow the company name or image be diluted by other potentially famous market competitors. While Apple Martin may not currently be competing with Apple, it is highly likely that she will one day become a movie actress, and compete with Apple’s forthcoming joint venture with Pixar Studios to develop virtual actors using 3D digital rendering technology. So yes, we’re being proactive about this and protecting our intellectual property.”