The Battle Over “Kylie” is Over
Category: Trademark News
The legal battle over trademarking “Kylie” looks to have come to a close recently, as Kylie Minogue drops her opposition.
Kylie vs Kylie
If you’re not familiar with the two celebrities, Kylie Jenner (first two slides below) is the younger sister of Kim Kardashian. Kylie Minogue (latter two slides below) is an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
The fight began back in April of 2015 when Kylie Jenner first filed for trademark protection on “Kylie”. You can see the initial documents here. Things got heated when Kylie Minogue objected to the filing, calling Jenner “a secondary reality television personality”. After the opposition drew a bit of press, things got quiet. Presumably, discussions continued behind closed doors, as Kylie Minogue dropped her opposition to the mark as of Jan 26, 2017. This leaves Jenner free to continue pursuing the mark. (Often, this means there was a cash settlement between the two parties, though it isn’t mandatory.)
Interestingly, several media outlets seem to be reporting the total opposite.
“The singer and actress has won a legal battle with US reality TV star Kylie Jenner” – The Daily Mail
“Kylie Minogue defeats Kylie Jenner’s attempt to trademark their shared name” – Yahoo Style
However, some have the facts straight.
“This week, after several breaks for settlement negotiations, Minogue withdrew her appeal and the case was dismissed without prejudice, leaving Jenner free to pursue trademarking her name. We are unsure exactly why Minogue decided to withdraw the appeal, but we can assume there was some kind of settlement deal involved between the two.” – The Trademark Lawyer