I will tell you what I know about the circle and triangle dispute
and its resolution.

In the late 1980s AAWS decided to withdraw all permission to use
the AA logo that had been granted freely up to that time. Its use
had been mainly by jewelry and trinket manufacturers for making
and marketing their products to AA members. There were approximately
170 of these permits granted by that time. 

AAWS notified all of these people of the withdrawal of permission
to use this trademark and asked them to discontinue any current or
future use of that symbol. All but two of these companies agreed to
stop or redesign their products to comply with the AAWS request.

After further negotiations with the two who refused failed, it was
decided by AAWS to bring suit against the offenders. The General
Service Conference was never consulted, although there was no
emergency of any kind existing that made immediate action necessary.

It was after some 180,000 dollars spent on legal fees, and it
became apparent that AAWS was going to lose the lawsuit, AAWS
agreed with the defendants in this case to allow the circle and
triangle to enter the public domain.

After this fiasco, AAWS decided to no longer use the circle and
triangle as an official logo on any AA literature. However, they
did state that AA members could continue to use this logo if they
so desired. This action was also taken without consulting the

This is what I know about this matter. The rest is all history,
except the Trustees have repeatedly thwarted any attempts to put
this issueon the Conference Agenda to be discussed by the entire
Fellowship. Such discussions that have taken place, have been in a
time and place that the Trustees could control the outcome.