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Apple Continues Trademark Lunacy

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Already gearing up to fight for ownership of the word "pod," Apple scored a preliminary victory by trademarking a simple, explanatory sentence easily applied for a variety of situations. But to use it now unattributed, you'll be hearing from Cupertino's legal team.

According to the Unofficial Apple Weblog, the mighty litigious iPhone makers managed to successfully register "There's an app for that" as an Apple trademark. Filed last December, the registration covers "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the Internet and other computer and electronic communication networks; retail store services featuring computer software for use on handheld mobile digital electronic devices and other consumer electronics."

But, if parody and fair use are legally binding, mocking ads like Verizon's There's a Map for That campaign would still be able to get away with it.

Although, as always, if you want to rip off The Beatles' record label -- co-opting not only the name, logo, but also its business after a contract stipulated you couldn't -- you still have to go through Apple as it beat you to the punch.
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