Apple don't own the lower-case 'i'
The lower-case 'i' is Apple's best friend. Simply plonking an 'i' in front of something immediately marks it out as an Apple product, or, in the case of someone trying to make an easy joke, a pisstake of an Apple product. Example - 'What next? A bloody iColostomy?! Hur hur hur...'.
However, a trademarks tribunal has ruled that Apple no longer holds a monopoly on the letter 'i' as a prefix for products, meaning that all those previous words are effectively useless. Thanks a pissing bunch, trademarks tribunal.
This ruling came about in Australia as Apple attempted to stop Wholesale Central trademarking the DOPi name (did you notice that it is 'iPod' but backwards? Did you?) for its range of cases and bags for Apple gadgetry.
Seeing as pretty much everything Apple release these days has an 'i' (iPod, iTunes, iPhone etc), the company have been very protective of other companies using it. This news will invariably tick them off no end.
Basically, IP Australia said that there was already a load of non-Apple products for electronic goods already on the market that used the 'i' prefix, which means that Apple can't own it. Apple argued that the use of the letter 'i' could see consumers believing that they were buying an official Apple product when they weren't.
Tough. However, there's now a “Made For iPod” kitemarking system which allows people to make stuff that works with Apple products and, in what will be decent news for Jobs & Co, Apple will be able to take a royalty from companies who make approved third-party products for Apple gizmos.