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Katy Perry Denied Left Shark Trademark

04/23/2015
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(Radio.com) "Left Shark" may have achieved fame thanks to Katy Perry, but he still belongs to us all, according to the U.S. Trademark Office. Last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry got the news that her initial attempts to register a Left Shark design had been rejected. So even though Perry has been selling Left Shark onesies, she doesn't own the rights to the character.

According to the Reporter, David Collier, the trademark examiner, wrote that the design that was submitted by Perry's team "identifies only a particular character; it does not function as a service mark to identify and distinguish applicant's services from those of others and to indicate the source of applicant's services."

In other words, he doesn't believe that the general public would look at the character, as submitted, and think of Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance. Perhaps he isn't on Twitter.

But the actual reason may lie in the differences between the Left Shark that famously shared the Super Bowl stage with Perry and the drawing of Left Shark submitted as the design. Read more here.

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