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Singer objects to Mariah Carey’s Queen Of Christmas trademark bid

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

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Despite telling Zoe Ball on Radio 2 last year that the Virgin Mary is clearly the ‘queen’ of Christmas, Mariah Carey’s company has been seeking to register the trademark ‘Queen Of Christmas’ in the US ever since March 2021. But that registration is being opposed by another music-maker who calls herself a ‘Christmas recording artist’, runs a company that specialises in Christmas music, and released an album called ‘Queen Of Christmas’.

Elizabeth Chan says that – although she has never trademarked the phrase Queen Of Christmas – she has used it commercially since 2014. But – unlike Carey’s company Lotion LLC – she doesn’t want exclusive rights to the title.

After all, she wrote when formally opposing Lotion’s trademark application: “Christmas is big enough for more than one ‘Queen'”. Indeed, within music, she added, couldn’t ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ singer Darlene Love and ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ singer Brenda Lee also be considered queens of Christmas?

“This opposition proceeding is sadly necessary”, she continued, “because Ms Carey’s Lotion LLC company is nevertheless trying to claim sole ownership of the title and designation”.

Carey’s claim to the title Queen Of Christmas comes via her ever popular hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, of course. Though, in that Radio 2 interview last year, according to the Daily Mail, she insisted that it was other people who had regularly referred to her in that way. “That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that”, she mused.

Nevertheless, Lotion Inc wants exclusive rights to the Queen Of Christmas brand within music, fragrances and alcohol products, among other things.

According to Law360, as Chan shared her objections with the US Trademark Board last week, her attorney Louis Tompros said: “This is a classic case of trademark bullying. Elizabeth has the law on her side. As someone who was given the title Queen Of Christmas long ago and has used it ever since, Elizabeth is one of the few people with the right to challenge Mariah Carey’s company’s registration”.

St Mary, we should add, is yet to comment on Carey’s trademark bid.