The British High Court is expected to rule shortly on whether a trademark suit filed by Apple Computer against the Beatles' Apple Corp. can be heard in the United States instead of England.

LOS ANGELES—The British High Court is expected to rule shortly on whether a trademark suit filed by Apple Computer against the Beatles' Apple Corp. can be heard in the United States instead of England.

The move is expected after U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte ruled last month in San Jose that the case could be heard in California.

Last September, Apple Corp. sued, saying Apple Computer's iTunes and iPod violate Apple Corps.' trademark.

Apple Computer then countersued, asking Whyte to rule that it had not violated the original 1991 agreement that defined how Apple Computer could use the Apple term.

Whyte decided that since Apple Corp. had filed three suits in California, it was reasonable to expect it to defend the suit brought by Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer in California.

Sources for Apple Computer say no date for the British High Court's ruling has been set, but that they expect the decision to come down soon.

Apple is the entity the Beatles started in 1968 that continues to oversee the group's assets.

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