Like a rooster announcing the morning, so too does Mariah Carey beckon in the coming Christmas every November 1st. Sadly for her, she won’t be able to do so with exclusive trademark rights to the title “Queen of Christmas” since the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rejected Mariah’s prior request. Well, she can’t cash in as big as she wanted to, but at least Dolly Parton still thinks of Mariah as the Queen of Christmas!
Last year, Mariah filed an application to trademark the titles “Queen of Christmas,” “PrincessChristmas,” and “QOC.” This pissed off Darlene Love and Elizabeth Chan, who have both been using the term when they perform. Elizabeth even filed to stop Mimi’s trademark wishes. Mariah was planning to use the Queen of Christmas title on merchandise, and if the trademark was approved, she would be able to sue anyone for using the term on products and could stop media outlets from calling anyone but her the “Queen of Christmas.” This is so funny because back in 2017, she was “just a person who likes Christmas, OK?” and now she owns it?! But someone over at the TTAB must’ve said to themselves, “No ma’am,” and stamped this request “Denied.” via Entertainment Weekly:
The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board didn’t make Mariah Carey’s wish come truuuuuuuuuuuue, meaning she cannot claim ownership of the title “Queen of Christmas.”
Elizabeth Chan, known as the world’s only full-time Christmas recording artist, blocked Carey’s attempt to trademark the honorific, as well as the songbird’s concurrent attempts to register the trademarks “Princess Christmas” and “QOC.”
“This was a classic case of trademark bullying,” said Chan’s attorney Louis Tompros. “We are pleased with the victory, and delighted that we were able to help Elizabeth fight back against Carey’s overreaching trademark registrations.”
Mariah’s team didn’t get back to EW when asked for comment about the loss. But Darlene Love spoke through her rep about this and said that nobody should be able to trademark Queen of Christmas. via TMZ:
Len Evans, rep for Darlene tells TMZ … Darlene won’t be going after ‘QOF’ trademark, although its technically fair game, considering Mariah won’t be able to own it either.
Len says, Darlene doesn’t think one person should be able to legally own the title by trademarking it. Instead, the music legend feels the phrase should be free for everyone to use … considering there are a lot of folks who call themselves the Queen, and have had huge success in the holiday music genre.
Well, once again, Thanksgiving is left out in the cold. All these people out here trying to claim ownership of Christmas, all the while completely ignoring the holiday in between sexy Halloween and Capitalism’s darling Christmas! It’s tough being a middle child, but I’m sure one day someone will dub themselves Queen of Thanksgiving! …Or at least Queen of Black Friday.
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