Who wouldn’t be here for a self-titled all-Rihanna-everything magazine in the near future? Well Bad Gal RiRi might have a “Robyn” pet-project in the works, but DC Comics is making the creative process more difficult for her. Back on June 23, 2014, Roraj Trade (the company holding the trademarks for Rih’s many brands like her Reb’L Fleur fragrance and the insignia on posters and apparel) reportedly applied to register her legal first name, “Robyn” for the purpose of “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines.”
According to the law blog Pirated Thoughts, DC Comics bucked back at that request on May 11 by submitting a Notice of Opposition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. James D. Weinberger of Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman and Zissu turned in the paperwork with claims that the name conflicts with DC’s trademarked Batman sidekick, Robin. In their eyes, since the names are so similar, “consumers are likely to associate the goods and services provided by Rihanna under the ROBYN trademark with DC Comics’ ROBIN” and the “Robyn” trademark will dilute ROBIN’s distinctiveness.
Would you really confuse the pop icon with the Batman’s masked wingman, though?
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