Okay so it appears according to these links that it is an Intelectual property case or copyright, again you can't copyright the English language ...
Great. Want to put up some cash for me to file law suit against Apple?
I'll split the proceeds with you.
Apple have rights to the name as a trading name, company name and as a computer product, however that does not stop one using it to use the word apple. Obviously I can't use the term apple to sell computers by leveraging on the good will that comes with that term, however I can still use the word apple even to decribe a computer in any regular english use.
I can also register business names such as
APPLES (ARMIDALE POSITIVE PARENTING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY) INCORPORATED
Apple & Pear Australia Ltd. (APAL) - Creating Value for Apple ...
As they do not leverage on the good will of Apple as a computer company. I certainly could not use the logo Apple to sell computers or a logo that is too similar to the Apple logo to sell anything.
You might also use it for:
"Apple Bottoms sexy jeans" a real type of jeans, as this does not 'steal' the good will of Apple computers.
Here look at these companies with nothing to do with kiteboarding
[list=]Welcome to Slingshot Community Enterprise & Employment Centre.
Slingshot amusement device.
North Safety Products.[/list]
and so on. I am trying to get the principle over in this discussion. It is about stealing someones IP. something unique to them or something that attracts good will to that product or service. Not the words.
Um no Tin man, not quite ready to take on Apple.