What Katy Did

By Legal Eagle

I like crazy intellectual property disputes. The latest IP battle to catch my eye concerns Katie Perry (an Australian fashion designer) and Katy Perry (an American pop singer). Katie Perry sought to trademark her name in respect of her clothing design business, but Katy Perry’s lawyers contacted IP Australia to oppose the registration of the trademark. Katy Perry’s lawyers have now withdrawn the opposition.

The difficulties that occur when one’s name becomes a trademark! Not to mention the “-y” versus “-ie” issue – a constant bugbear for me personally. (How hard is it to spell a girl’s name right? Even if it is a more unusual spelling.)

It’s a salutary reminder for designers of all stripes to be aware of IP issues: design, brand, name and so forth.


  1. Posted September 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Remember when Richard Branson established Virgin Blue? He went around suing every business called ‘Virgin’.

    But it’s not all bad. I’m in the process of registering my new song. Anyone who uses it has to pay me a fee. It’s called Golly God Save Our Gracious Queen.

    Hey it worked for the Happy Birthday person.

  2. Posted September 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    What did you say. I’m busy adding a few notes to an old tune Dah dah dah (dah-dah-dah) daaaaah!

    I’m gonna clean up. And then my book comes out: The Letter Versus The Spirit: Dodgy Copyright for Fun and Profit.

    Better hurry up. Someone’s got the same idea.

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