Saturday, September 17, 2016

Oprah Winfrey beats 'Own Your Power' trademark appeal; Reuters, 9/16/16

Jonathan Stempel, Reuters; Oprah Winfrey beats 'Own Your Power' trademark appeal:
"Oprah Winfrey, the media mogul and former talk show host, on Friday defeated an appeal in a trademark lawsuit over her use of the phrase "Own Your Power" in her namesake magazine and on television, websites and social media.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the plaintiff, Simone Kelly-Brown, a motivational speaker and business coach, and her company, Own Your Power Communications Inc, did not show that Winfrey's use of "Own Your Power" confused people.
The court also said the phrase "Own Your Power" was "not distinctive" and thus lacked independent trademark protection.
Kelly-Brown registered a "design mark" for "own your power" in a stylized light-blue script with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in May 2008."

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