Mariah Carey has been blocked by celebratory singer Elizabeth Chan from the exclusive trademark of the title, ‘Queen of Christmas’, in a historic victory.
All I Want For Christmas Is You singer Carey, 52, filed in March 2021 to trademark the phrase – a move that enraged celebratory singers Chan, 42, and Darlene Love, 81, with the former facing the court stepped up in an effort to sue Carey.
On Tuesday, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Carey’s attempt to trademark “Queen of Christmas.” It also rejected and denied Carey’s simultaneous attempts to register the “Princess Christmas” and “QOC” trademarks.
The It’s Like That singer had applied for the exclusive right to use the titles on everything from music to perfume to sunglasses and even coconut milk – forever and worldwide.
Festive singers: Mariah Carey (left) is blocked from exclusive trademarking of the title ‘Queen of Christmas’ by celebratory singer Elizabeth Chan (right) in a landmark victory
Chan said, “Christmas is a season of giving, not the season of taking, and it is wrong for an individual to try to own and monopolize a nickname like the Queen of Christmas for the sake of despicable materialism.
“As an independent artist and small business owner, my life’s work is to bring people together for the holidays, which is why I’ve been called the Queen of Christmas.
“I bear that title as a badge of honor and in the full knowledge that it will – and should – be awarded to others in the future.
“My goal in taking this fight was to stand up against trademark bullying, not only to protect myself, but also to protect future Queens of Christmas.”
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Louis Tompros, who led the legal team representing Chan, said: “This was a classic case of trademark bullying. We are thrilled with the win and pleased to have been able to help Elizabeth fight back against Carey’s trademark over-registrations.”
DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives for Mariah Carey for comment.
The filing requesting Carey to secure exclusive use of “Queen Of Christmas” along with “QOC,” “Princess of Christmas,” and “Christmas Princess” was made public on July 12.
It has become customary for Carey to promote her mid-90s studio album – Merry Christmas – during the last two months of the year.
The first single is ubiquitous around the holiday season as fans push it back to the top of the charts year after year.
Her seemingly inextricable association with the holiday has earned her the colloquial title of Queen of Christmas.
oh oh! On Tuesday, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Carey’s attempt to trademark “Queen of Christmas.” It also rejected and denied Carey’s simultaneous attempts to register the ‘Princess Christmas’ and ‘QOC’ trademarks (pictured in 2013)
Last year, just days before the holidays, the song that topped the chart had more than 81 million streams and had been downloaded about 14,800 times, according to Billboard.
When Elizabeth Chan was profiled by the New Yorker in 2018, they used the headline: “The Queen of Christmas” and were described as “America’s most successful, and perhaps only, full-time Christmas carol singer-slash composer.”
Had been Carey was successful in her trademark application, she could have sued someone for knitting and selling a Queen of Christmas sweater or asking a radio station or other media outlet to stop labeling someone else as Queen of Christmas.
The star would have been given the right to charge licensing fees and royalties from anyone who wanted to use Queen of Christmas forever for hundreds of categories of goods and services.
Mariah’s March 2021 filing which was made public refuted her December 2021 claim that she believes the title ‘Queen of Christmas’ should be bestowed on the Virgin Mary.
Speaking on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Mariah insisted she never chose the celebratory name herself, explaining, “Those were other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that way.”
don’t have it! Mariah’s move had infuriated celebratory singers Darlene Love, 81 (Pictured: Darlene in 2018)
Oh! In August, Love took to Facebook where she told Mariah Carey to call her lawyer
“I’m a Christmas lover who happened to be blessed with writing All I Want For Christmas Is You. And many more Christmas carols. And let’s face it, you know, everybody’s faith is what it is. But to me Mary is the Queen of Christmas.’
Mariah also revealed that her favorite Christmas song of all time is This Christmas by Donny Hathaway when asked which song she chose.
She said, “Oh, I could have picked one of mine, but that’s one of the best, ever, best ever!”
In August, Darlene Love took to Facebook where she asked, “Is it true Mariah Carey acted with ‘Queen of Christmas’? What does that mean I can’t use that title?
“David Letterman officially proclaimed me Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You,’ and at 81, I’m not changing a thing.
‘I’ve been in the business for 52 years, earned it and can still hit those nuts! Call David or my lawyer if Mariah has a problem!!’
In addition to Chan and Love, there is also Brenda Lee who recorded several Christmas songs in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Her iconic 1958 recording of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for the past three years.
Only the Virgin Mary? Mariah insisted she never chose the celebratory nickname herself, explaining, “Those were other people, and I just want to say humbly that I don’t consider myself that way”