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DC moves to stop Rihanna from trademarking ‘Robyn’

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DC Comics is attempting to prevent the singer/actress Rihanna from registering a trademark for “Robyn,” arguing that it’s too similar to the name of Batman’s sidekick.

As first reported by Pirated Thoughts and The Outhousers, Rihanna — born Robyn Rihanna Fenty — filed the trademark application in June 2014 as part of a larger effort to build a fashion and cosmetics empire (she also filed an application for her last name). “Robyn” is intended to be used for “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines,” which apparently sent up a red flag for DC’s lawyers.

An official opposition to the application was filed last week with the United States Trademark and Patent Office, arguing that “consumers are likely to be deceived” into believing any products marked “Robyn” originated with DC Comics. It’s a fairly standard argument regarding potential confusion in the marketplace and trademark dilution, this time involving Robin the Boy Wonder, characterized by the publisher as “one of the most prominent figures DC comic book universe.”

We saw similar situations last year, when Disney moved to stop DJ/producer Deadmau5 from trademarking his signature “mau5head” logo, and DC filed a complain with the European Union’s Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market regarding a Spanish soccer team’s bat logo (in the latter case, the team abandoned the stylized emblem).

An opposition to an applications is initially considered by trademark examining attorneys, but may be appealed to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a body established by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Judgments of the TTAB may in turn be appealed in federal court.

Rihanna and her company Roraj Trade LLC have 40 days from the date of DC’s filing to respond to the opposition.

Comments

17 Comments

Now if only someone would serve a C+D on her from making any more horrid music.

Gregory A. Swarthout

May 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

Zing!

Her real name is Robyn, how is she forbidden to trademark her own name I don’t get it?

She can’t put her name in robin to “Robyn” first fact he is a boy not a girl and it ruins the comic book and the movies..rihanna has no right to change the gender from Batman’s side sick to a girl thats why we have batgirl.

I meant sidekick*

The Last Word

May 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

Amanda —

DC’s argument is that Rihanna’s filing of a trademark concerning “Robyn” with respect to a magazine is likely to confuse consumers who purchase comics containing Robin.

If she wanted to restrict the trademark to clothing, for example, she’d likely be fine, as I can’t imagine DC has reserved to itself a trademark concerning Robin” clothing.

This just in: DC sues chain of restaurants for using “Red Robin”.

The Gorn Identity

May 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

This just in: DC doesn’t own restaurants. Didn’t you read the article?

Ammanda, she can use her name as her name. it’s open to debate whether she can use it as a trademark which is defined as “a recognizable sign, design or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others.” Just like APPLE a very common word is trademarked by a company that produces computers and other digital devices. You can still call the fruit an apple but the trademark is claimed for certain products and services.

I’d have thought the actual, already-using-that-name-and-has-been-since-1994 pop star Robyn would have more than a fair shout at cutting this little venture short, let alone DC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robyn

I doubt the ’90s Robyn’s trademark, if she ever had one, is still viable.

Even if DC knows they’re going to lose this case (and I don’t know that they do, or that they are), they still have to file it. Trademark law is very strict when it comes to this sort of thing; not challenging this possible infringement could screw them in a later challenge of a definite infringement.

They are reaching. We have “ROBYN” and Batman and “ROBIN”. Really? LMMFAO. WHO ..wait ..WHICH “BATFAN” is actually going to be deceived into purchasing an Item by a brand named “ROBYN” when the ROBIN of BMAR is spelled with an “I”?? Not only that but it is her NAME. Furthermore, I wonder if they also filed a suit against “Robin Jeans”??

Jay, just because you think something is stupid doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Let me give you an example of what I mean. When people use punctuation, they often will drop one question mark at the end of a question, one period to signal the end of a sentence, and three to indicate an ellipses in thought. And usually, a noun would not be capitalized unless it indicated something proper, such as a place, or somebody’s name. You know, something particular, not any old item.

However (and this is where things get tricky), just because it makes sense to do so does not automatically mean some idiot won’t come along and do otherwise: say, dropping two question marks for absolutely no reason, or putting “..” which is technically meaningless. These things happen. In a court of law, the old “WHO.. wait..” gambit doesn’t hold water. Unfortunately there simply is no objective standard for basic intelligence.

I’m confused… “AC/DC” isn’t a comic book published by DC? :)

This reminds me of the same case back in the 80s, when Sony of America filed a lawsuit on a Filipino restaurant whose name is “Sany’s”, if I recall correctly. The restaurant went out of business under duress over that lawsuit. This is how business in America works, threats of lawsuits and bullying, and sadly, methods hasn’t changed.

CogInTheWheel

May 20, 2015 at 5:29 am

They need to start moving to stop the actual birds named Robin from existing. Look at them, eating seeds…acting like they’re sidekicks to Batman and dying off depending on the flavor of the month. Evil birds looking to take that DC money.

Same goes for you Red Robin and your “burgers”

DC thinks Bat-fans can’t spell?
Or maybe DC staffers can’t spell?
“Robyn” is not “Robin”

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