Apple Computer will face the surviving Beatle's Apple Corps in the UK, the High Court judged last night.

The Beatles are taking Apple to task over alleged trademark abuse through their company Apple Corps. Under an agreement reached in 1991, Apple Computer agreed to stay out of the music business, confining its use of the Apple logo to computers, telecommunications and data processing.

Apple Corps launched legal action against Apple Computer last September, arguing that it has broken the deal with its iTunes Music Store and iPod products. Speaking in the UK court before an iPod-owning judge, Apple disagreed, arguing that its services are digital data transmission services – in the spirit of the 1991 agreement.

The judge yesterday struck down Apple's request to have the case heard in the California courts. Apple had argued that the US was the proper venue for the hearing, as that is where the 1991 deal was made.