All great stars must come to fade away at some point or another. The devastating news about the untimely death of the Singer-songwriter Prince was just the same. What made his death even sadder is, the approval of the trademark term ‘Prince’, just days before his sudden death on 18 April.
Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Prince was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and vocals. He died at the age of 57. However, he had his share of various trademark disputes regarding many song titles, labels and symbols as well. The most recent one being the term ‘Prince’ which, according to the application filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), covers items of clothing such as bathrobes, beachwear, pajamas and swimwear. These items are to feature “images, words, designs, lyrics, name, or likeness of the famous musician, recording and performing artist known as Prince”. The application also states that the trademark would cover services in the entertainment industry in form of live musical performances.
The musician’s management company, Paisley Park Enterprises, filed the application through attorney Mr. Otto O Lee who is from the Intellectual Property Law Group.
Paisley Park Enterprises owns 50 trademarks related to the late artist, as the USPTO’s trademark database confirms. Among them, the ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Minneapolis Sound’ and ‘Prince and The Revolution’, are most commonly known. Also listed is the symbol ‘&Y’, ‘Fingerprince’ and ‘Musicology’. The company has also secured the ownership to the trademark for the term ‘Prince’ covering any item bearing his stickers, posters and books.
Any further details regarding the approval of the trademark of ‘Prince’ is yet to be published. So stay tuned for more updates.