Mariah Carey can’t be the only “Queen of Christmas,” according to branding agency rules

Mariah Carey performs at the Christmas Tree Lighting Gala at Rockefeller Center in 2014 in New York City. The patent authorities decided that she could not be the only “Christmas Queen”.

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Mariah Carey performs at the Christmas Tree Lighting Gala at Rockefeller Center in 2014 in New York City. The patent authorities decided that she could not be the only “Christmas Queen”.

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Mariah Carey is almost synonymous with Christmas — her holiday song, “All I Want for Christmas,” has been a seasonal staple since 1994 and a reliable chart topper in recent years.

Carey sought to make her reign official last year by filing a petition to have her title “Queen of Christmas” trademarked, meaning no one else would be able to use it.

Her company, Lotion LLC, wanted to use that trademark—along with the terms “Princess Christmas” and “QOC”—for a range of products, from perfume and makeup to apparel, jewelry, and dog accessories, according to the trademark applications.

The effort has proven controversial, as at least two other artists known for their seasonal hits have publicly objected to Carey’s claim to the throne: Darlene Love, who said David Letterman baptized the Christmas Queen nearly three decades ago, and Elizabeth Chan, who calls herself as “the only full-time Christmas musical singer-songwriter and singer-songwriter.”

Chan formally filed an objection to Carey’s request earlier this year, on the grounds that she was repeatedly called the “Christmas Queen” and had already used the trademark “Christmas Princess” in relation to her young daughter.

Curry’s team has been largely silent — legal filings show they have filed several requests for extensions of the proceedings in recent months, but have yet to file a response to Chan’s objection by the fall deadline. NPR has reached out to Carey’s publicist for comment.

Earlier this week, the Trademark and Trial Appeals Board finally issued a “default judgment” denying Carey’s trademark application.

Carey hasn’t publicly commented on her losing brand’s show, but it seems she’s ready to share the title: Last week, after Dolly Parton said in an interview that she was happy to be number two to next, Carey Tagged Barton in a tweet He calls her “Queen of the World, Queen of Christmas, Queen of Me!!”

And the decision didn’t stop Carey from getting into the holiday spirit. Just this month, I released a children’s book titled Christmas princess Plus a new line of holiday-inspired bath and body products.

Meanwhile, the other Queens of Birthday expressed relief that the title could be safely shared with anyone who wanted it.

“Thank you, Lord! Congratulations to all the other Christmas Queens around the world, living and passed!” Love books on facebook.

The Wilmerhill law firm representing Chan called her win a “total victory” in a statement released on Tuesday.

“Mariah Carey’s firm was engaged in classic trademark bullying: trying to monopolize the ‘Queen of Christmas’ title with a trademark registration,” said Louis Tombros, who led Chan’s legal team. “It’s important to stand up to bullies. That’s what we helped do here. Now, because of what Elizabeth did, no one can claim exclusive and permanent rights to the title ‘Christmas Queen.'”

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“It’s been a year-long legal struggle, but I’m glad that justice has prevailed and that I can continue to do what I do best: bring Christmas music and entertainment to the world,” Chan said in a statement.

Chan has exclusively released Christmas-related music and products for the past 10 years, according to the court filing.

She also says she has used her daughter’s “Princess of Christmas” brand — called Noelle, the French word for Christmas — in connection with the sale and licensing of things like music, books, and entertainment for the past five years.

Chan says she has embraced the title of “Queen of Christmas” dating back at least to 2014. This is also the title of 2018 New Yorker Profile Chan, who describes her as “America’s most successful Christmas song composer and singer, and perhaps the only one”.

Chan left her executive job at Condé Nast in 2012 to pursue her dream of creating a “great Christmas standard,” and spent nearly two years writing a Christmas song one day before penning a single from her debut single, self-financing and self-releasing it. The album landed on Billboard’s 2013 chart, according to the magazine.

She has released an all original Christmas album every year since. Her twelfth studio album, 12 Months of Christmas, was released in October and features several songs directly inspired by her trademark battle.

Chan told Vulture that she wrote “Giver” for the friend who helped her find lawyers, based on a conversation about her inability to afford them. She also wrote a song for the Tompros, the head of her legal team, who asked her if she had ever considered writing a Christmas song for or about lawyers. It’s called “Santa Claus”.

Chan’s journey in the legal battle has been somewhat circuitous, she explained to the publication. I first discovered Carey’s efforts to trademark the term while she was going through the normal legal process ahead of the release of her 2021 album Spoken Words. Christmas Queen. She didn’t want anyone—not even herself—to bear that title exclusively.

“Everyone is so focused on winning, so focused on Maria, but I feel it’s really important that people understand my motivation in this is to protect and save Christmas for generations after us,” she said. Eagle. “I was always thinking about the future of Christmas music and wanting to protect the genre to allow other artists like myself to patronize in Christmas music without anything getting in their way.”

Chan also wanted to honor the Christmas queens who came before her, citing musicians like Karen Carpenter and Brenda Lee as well as Love and Carey. She adds that the title applies to people outside the world of music, too, from the Virgin Mary to the winners of local Christmas pageants around the world to her grandmother.

“I mean, I wasn’t the one trying to stop anyone else,” Chan says. “I was just the one who stood up and said, ‘Hey, you can’t stop anyone else.'”

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