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Mariah Carey is not the sole “Queen of Christmas,” trademark board says

Her music could also be the unofficial anthem of the vacation season, however formally, Mariah Carey is not the “Queen of Christmas” – and even the vacation’s “princess” – the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dominated on Tuesday. 

Carey, whose 1994 hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” has develop into one of the most recognizable elements of the Christmas vacation season. As such, she filed a petition final year to trademark the identify “Queen of Christmas” 

But that petition failed, in accordance with a press launch by Christmas music artist Elizabeth Chan, who has been vocal about her opposition to Carey’s request. Chan is “the world’s only full-time Christmas music recording artist,” in accordance with the press launch, and has held the nickname “Queen of Christmas for years,” as produce other artists. 

According to the launch, the trademark board not solely rejected Carey’s request to completely use the title, but in addition “rejected and denied” her requested emblems of “Princess Christmas” and “QOC.” 

Along with in search of unique use of the identify for herself, Carey tried to make use of it for a variety of merchandise, together with lotions, fragrance, music recordings, human and animal clothes, eyewear, protecting face masks and even numerous milks. The trademark request included dozens of different merchandise as nicely. 

“Christmas is a season of giving, not the season of taking, and it is wrong for an individual to attempt to own and monopolize a nickname like Queen of Christmas for the purposes of abject materialism,” Chan mentioned in the launch. “As an independent artist and small business owner, my life’s work is to bring people together for the holiday season, which is how I came to be called the Queen of Christmas. I wear that title as a badge of honor and with full knowledge that it will be – and should be – bestowed on others in the future.”

Chan’s opposition was represented by the regulation agency WilmerHale. The agency’s accomplice Louis Tompros mentioned in a launch that Carey’s try was a “classic case of trademark bullying.” 

“We are pleased with the victory, and delighted that we were able to help Elizabeth fight back against Carey’s overreaching trademark registrations,” he mentioned. 

Chan mentioned that she filed a proper opposition towards Carey’s request this year to “not just to protect myself, but also to protect future Queens of Christmas.” Her crew mentioned that had Carey’s request been profitable, she would have been capable of sue anybody utilizing the time period or promoting merchandise with that phrasing on it. She additionally would have been capable of search licensing charges and royalties. 

CBS News has reached out to Carey’s legal professional for remark. 

The trademark request final result hasn’t stopped Carey from harnessing all the Christmas phrases she will be able to. She simply launched an image guide known as “The Christmas Princess,” a “modern fairy tale” about Little Mariah, who “doesn’t have much and doesn’t want a lot” in addition to peace and pleasure throughout the vacation season.

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