Sydney, Australia (CNS) – Katy Perry is suing an Australian fashion designer bearing the same name as her. Despite having a minor difference in their names’ spelling, Katie Perry found herself the subject of a lawsuit filed by the “Hot N Cold” singer.
The Australian Katie, who has a Katie Perry luxury loungewear label set up two years ago, launched a trademark application for her brand last September, which the American Katy found displeasing.
The designer received a letter from the singer’s Queensland lawyer last week, telling her to stop trading.
Perry told The Australian, “I got such a huge shock. It really felt like I was being intimidated and bullied into signing everything away.”
“It asked me to give up the trademark, withdraw sale of my clothes, withdraw any advertising and any websites, and sign that I will not in the future use a similar trademark to Katy Perry. I pretty much burst into tears.”
Perry, who was born Katie Jane Perry, has been trading online and through local markets. She recently opened her first retail outlet in Sydney last week.
She continued, “I love my business. I’m not going to give it away without a fight either. I’m not trying to become a singer. I’m not pretending to be her. This is my income. And it’s the livelihood of my contractors as well.”
The singer Perry – whose real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson – wishes to stop the designer from trademarking their shared name, though not necessarily stop her from using it.
However, trademark lawyer Trevor Choy told The Australian that the designer may get name protection if she can prove that she has been trading under that name before the “I Kissed A Girl” hitmaker became famous.