‘Katie Perry’ beats ‘Katy Perry’ in a David vs. Goliath branding battle – ‘This is a small business victory’

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Singer Katy Perry has lost a trademark lawsuit from Australian fashion designer Katie Perry. Katie Perry is suing the pop star for allegedly infringing on the designer’s trademark with her merchandise.

On Friday, April 28, Judge Brigitte Markovic ruled that clothing was sold during Katy Perry’s 2014 Australian tour broken The signature of designer and small business owner Katie Perry. Katy’s company, Kitty Purry, has to pay Katie damages, the amount of which will be determined in May.

The designer began selling clothing under the Katie Perry brand, her birth name, in 2007 and trademarked it in Australia the following year. The singer, who rose to fame with her 2008 album, One of the boysHe was accused of infringing on Katie Perry’s trademark by “doing a jacket to promote her album”. Roar‘Cozy Little Christmas’ hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants and scarves on social media.”

The judge denied further allegations of store sales and merchandise for a 2018 tour. Judge Markovic also denied a request by the singer-songwriter to cancel the Katie Perry trademark.

“Imagine my surprise when (the lawyers representing the singer) told me to stop trading under that name immediately, take off all my clothes and sign a document they drafted saying that I will never trade under that name again from then on. ‘ the designer writes about her website. “A true case of David (versus) Goliath!”

“I fought not only for myself but also for small businesses in this country, many of which were started by women who may face foreign companies that have much more financial muscle than we do.”

“This is a story of two women, two teenage dreams and one name,” the judge wrote in her ruling.

Markovic added that Teenage Dream singer née Katheryn Hudson used the name Katy Perry “in good faith” and owes the designer no personal compensation. However, Katy’s company, Kitty Purry, will have to pay the designer in damages, which will be determined later in the month.