The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, has won an early round in High Court against Apple Computers in their brand-name battle. On April 6, Justice Mann dismissed Apple Computers' motion to have the case

LONDON--The "Apple Wars" rage in England.

The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, has won an early round in High Court against Apple Computers in their brand-name battle. On April 6, Justice Mann dismissed Apple Computers' motion to have the case be adjudicated in California and not England.

Justice Mann says he was satisfied England was "the proper place for this litigation."

Apple Corps is accusing U.S.-based Apple Computers of breaching a 1991 trademark agreement.

The Beatles' company accuses the U.S. firm of using the Apple name and logo to promote music products through the iTunes computer music download system. Such use was banned under the 1991 agreement, the plaintiff alleges.

Key to deciding the case is whether the deal was made in England; whether the contract is governed by English law and whether there has been a breach. Stay tuned.