Katy Perry loses trademark combat with Australian clothier



SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian courtroom has dominated that pop celebrity Katy Perry infringed the trademark of a Sydney-based clothier who has offered her merchandise domestically below a label along with her beginning identify “Katie Perry”.

Katie Taylor, who filed the lawsuit in 2019, alleged the singer ignored the trademark and offered Katy Perry clothes to Australian prospects throughout her live performance excursions within the nation in 2014 and 2018 by way of retailers and web sites.

Federal courtroom decide Brigitte Markovic dominated that Katy Perry’s firm Kitty Purry partially infringed the trademark of Katie Taylor’s enterprise, which sells principally garments on-line, by selling the singer’s merchandise by way of posts on social media, a courtroom submitting out on Thursday confirmed.

Damages are as a consequence of determined at a later date.

“It is a story of two girls, two teenage desires and one identify,” Markovic mentioned in her judgment.

The decide dismissed a bid by the popstar looking for to cancel the Katie Perry trademark.

Taylor, whose beginning identify was Katie Perry, referred to as the decision a “David and Goliath” win for small companies.

“Not solely have I fought myself, however I fought for small companies on this nation, a lot of them began by girls, who can discover themselves up in opposition to abroad entities who’ve rather more monetary energy than we do,” she mentioned in a weblog submit.

Representatives of Katy Perry couldn’t be instantly reached.

The tussle between the popstar and the Australian clothier over the homophonous identify started in 2008 when Taylor registered the “Katie Perry” model in Australia.

Katy Perry initially tried to dam the registration and later engaged legal professionals to attempt to drive the designer to stop and without end desist from utilizing the mark however later deserted the transfer, Taylor mentioned.

(Reporting by Renju Jose in Sydney; Enhancing by Sonali Paul)