The Sabotage hitmakers have been on an indefinite hiatus since the death of rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch in 2012, but documents recently filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Beastie Boys name in relation to "live performances by a musical group" sparked speculation remaining bandmates Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond were eyeing a return to the stage.

However, a spokesperson has since dismissed the claims, telling RollingStone.com, "There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch."

The paperwork, which was discovered by lawyer David Lizerbram and detailed on his blog, is likely to have been filed as a preventative measure to ban other acts from infringing on the group's name and music.

The Beastie Boys recently won a huge copyright battle with Monster Beverage Corp. bosses over the unauthorised use of the band's music in a 2012 online video tribute to Yauch, who had made it clear in his will that he did not want the group's tracks to feature in any advertisements.