In a trademark case between Australian designer Katie Perry and American pop star Katy Perry, the court ruled in favor of the former. This means that the Australian designer can continue to use her name and brand without any legal issues from the singer. It’s a significant victory for smaller businesses who may now feel empowered to stand up against large corporations in similar cases. The ruling sets a precedent that even big names like Katy Perry must accept legal outcomes they don’t necessarily agree with.
On Friday, Katie Perry, an Australian fashion designer who sells clothes under her birth name, won a court case against pop star Katy Perry. The court found that the pop star’s merchandise during her 2014 Australian tour violated a trademark held by Katie since 2008. Judge Brigitte Markovic stated that it was a story of two women, two teenage dreams, and one name. Katy Perry had not yet commented on the ruling, but her company Kitty Purry will have to pay financial damages, which will be determined next month.
Katie Perry, the designer, expressed surprise when she received a letter from lawyers representing Katy Perry after registering a trademark for her clothing line. She claimed that she had not known about the pop star before. The lawyers demanded that she stop using the name, withdraw all her clothes, and sign a document agreeing never to use the name again. This made Katie feel bullied, insulted, and taken aback. Nonetheless, the court’s decision was a victory for small businesses, Australian laws, and standing up against bullies.