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Beatles record company Apple Corps win wheelchair court case

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The Beatles' record company Apple Corps has won a dispute over trademarking of the word 'beatle'.

Dutch company You-Q had attempted to trademark the word for use on a brand of electric wheelchairs.

The Guardian reports that the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the record company and disallowed the trademark.

Judges ruled that there was a risk of confusion with the group, and that You-Q could benefit unfairly from the assocation.

It was also noted that the group's youthful image was directly in contrast with the reduced mobility of wheelchair users.

The court ruling stated: "The image conveyed [by the name of the Beatles] is, even after 50 years of existence, still synonymous with youth and a certain counterculture of the 1960s, an image which is still positive.

"That positive image could benefit the goods covered by the mark applied for, since the relevant public, on account specifically of the handicap in question, would be particularly attracted by the very positive image of freedom, youth and mobility associated with the Beatles."

Paul McCartney recently rearranged his world tour in order to attend a cancer charity gig in London.

Watch The Beatles performing 'Help' below:

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