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Apple Australia in two legal battles

Apple’s Australian division is currently fighting legal action on two fronts, it was revealed today, with one Federal Court trademark action and a separate case resuming next month against its former reseller, Buzzle Operations.

In Federal Court, Apple today continued fighting the first tussle, arguing for ownership over the trademark name “MacPro” with Melbourne-based computer equipment supplier Macpro Computers.

Records from intellectual property agency IP Australia reveal the history of the trademark “Macpro”. Apple had attempted to register the names “Macpro” and “Mac Pro” in May 2006, with the names covering a range of computer hardware, software and equipment such as mobile telephones, microprocessors, cables and modems.

However three months later, on 14 August, Apple’s claim was opposed by the Melbourne-based computer supplier when its lawyers Blake Dawson filed a notice of opposition on the company’s behalf.

Apple versus Buzzle, Wily
In a separate, long-running legal battle, Apple Australia will shortly resume its fight against former reseller Buzzle Operations and its liquidator Andrew Wily. The court date for the hearing at the NSW Supreme Court is set for 27 April.

Apple is likely to once again argue its point that it was not responsible for the debt incurred by failed Apple reseller group, Buzzle Operations. Apple had attempted to recoup debts the company had incurred in buying supplies from Apple following its demise in 2001.

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