Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Mariah Carey is Denied the Title of ‘Queen of Christmas’ in a Trademark Case

Through her business, Lotion LLC, Carey was attempting to trademark the title “Queen of Christmas” for a line of goods that would include fragrances, pet accessories, sunglasses, albums, and more. The pop diva’s legal action to trademark the term “Queen of Christmas” was rejected on Tuesday by the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Carey, 52, was also informed that she cannot trademark the terms “Princess of Christmas” or “QOC.”

The ruling allows another singer, Elizabeth Chan, who describes herself as “the world’s only full-time pop Christmas recording artist” and who has released 12 Christmas albums to date, to use the regal holiday names. Chan has also used the name “Princess of Christmas” as a moniker for her daughter and occasional collaborator, Noelle, who is five years old. Chan opposed the case’s filing earlier this year Darlene Love, who sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” among other artists, criticized Carey’s decision.

Chan was represented by WilmerHale Attorney Louis Tompros, who stated in a statement: “This 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.”

Chan teared up as she told Page Six about the case’s outcome and said, “I did this to protect and save Christmas. Christmas isn’t about one single person — it’s about everybody.”

She continued, “I’ve dedicated my life to understanding how special Christmas is. It was difficult to be the one to stand up against Carey in the name of the holiday.”

Carey’s representative did not respond to Page Six’s invitation to comment on the issue. The singer, who is well-known for her essential Christmas songs, recently released a children’s Christmas book and will be airing a special during the holidays.

Chan, who recently released her latest album, “12 Months of Christmas,” went on to say in a victory statement, “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.”

She also added in a press release: “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. My goal in taking on this fight was to stand up to trademark bullying not just to protect myself but also to protect future Queens of Christmas.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Patent and Trademark Office stated that Carey’s side did not respond to Chan’s opposition, and thus Carey would not receive the trademark.

In a previous report by Page Six, Chan accused Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 2016 of being a Scrooge for showing her YouTube videos at its CityWalk shopping area without obtaining the proper permission. The studio ultimately removed the videos.

Dolly Parton, another singer, recently said of Carey’s Christmas works, “I love her. You think of Christmas, you think of Mariah. I’m happy to be second in line to her.” ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas,’ Parton’s own Christmas album, was reissued.