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Apple Prevails Over Beatles In U.K. Trademark Suit

Law360 (May 8, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a setback for the corporate remnant of rock-n-roll band The Beatles, a court in the United Kingdom has ruled that U.S. computer maker Apple Computers Inc. has the right to use its Apple trademark and logo to sell digital music downloads.

The trademark suit was triggered in 2003 when The Beatles’ licensing company, Apple Corps Ltd., sued Apple Computer over use of the Apple trademark in its ubiquitous MP3 player iPod and music-downloading software iTunes.

In the opinion, Justice Edward Mann, of London's Royal Courts...
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