The relationship between Apple and the Beatles’ Apple Corps has been a long and weird one. There’s a fairly in-depth article on Wikipedia about it, but suffice to say Apple Corps originally wanted Apple to change its name. They settled on Apple staying out of music, and then that all went belly up in the 2000s with iTunes. Eventually, in 2007, Apple took control over everything with the label “Apple”, and would license bits of it back to Apple Corps by mutual agreement. The final stages of that have just gone through, and now Apple owns the rights to the Apple Corps granny smith logo.
As reported by Patently Apple, Apple was finally granted trademark over the lawsuit after an unsuccessful opposition of the move by a company called Apple Box Productions Sub Inc.
It’ll be interesting to see if Apple uses this logo for anything — apart from the ongoing license back to the Beatles. I can’t help but think an iPod with a custom back with the Apple Corps logo would be intensely cool.