Mariah Carey’s attempt to be the one and only “Queen of Christmas” was denied by the court after siding with Elizabeth Chan’s argument.

According to a report that was published by CBS News in August 2021, the 53-year-old singer known as “Fantasy” submitted an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in March 2021 with the goal of legally selling herself as the only “Queen of Christmas.”

After the bid was publicly disclosed in July 2022, fellow singer Chan, who claims that she also has connections to the “Queen of Christmas” name, had a lawyer named Louis W. Tompros of Boston-based WilmerHale file a formal declaration of opposition against Carey’s trademark claim. Tompros filed the declaration in opposition to Carey’s trademark claim.

On Tuesday, Chan made the announcement that the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board had denied Carey’s request to own the exclusive rights to the title, along with her requests to trademark “Princess Christmas” and “QOC.” Carey’s request to own the exclusive rights to the title was one of several that were denied.

According to Chan, who made these remarks in a press statement, “Christmas is a season of giving, not the season of taking, and it is unacceptable for an individual to attempt to possess and monopolize a nickname like Queen of Christmas for the reasons of abject materialism.”

She stated, “As a self-taught artist and the proprietor of a small business, my life’s work is to bring people together during the holiday season, which is how I came to be known as the Queen of Christmas.” “I wear that title as a badge of honor and with the full awareness that it will be conferred on others in the future and that it should be done so,”

The final part of Chan’s statement read as follows: “My purpose in embarking on this struggle was to stand up to trademark bullying not just to protect myself, but also to safeguard future Queens of Christmas.”

Carey, whose song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become an iconic holiday classic, wanted to sell items with the title, and she also wanted to exploit the term inside her music, videos, and other forms of entertainment focused on music.

Chan discussed her choice to seek legal action and her opposition to Carey being the only usage of the “Queen of Christmas” moniker in an interview that took place in August with Variety. Chan recently released her 12th Christmas album, which is titled 12 Months of Christmas.

In an interview with the journal, Chan stated that “Christmas has come well before any of us on earth, and hopefully will be around way after any of us on earth.” “And I feel very strongly that no one individual should cling onto anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way that Mariah attempts to do in perpetuity. It’s just not right,” she continued. That is not the appropriate action to take in any way. Anyone and everyone can celebrate Christmas. It is not meant to be owned; rather, it is supposed to be used by many people at the same time.

“It’s not just about the music business,” she continued. “It’s about a lot more than that.” “She is trying to trademark this in every conceivable way, including apparel, booze goods, masks, and dog collars; it’s all over the place. If you knit a sweater with the words “Queen of Christmas” on it, you should be able to sell it on Etsy to another person so that they can purchase it for their grandmother. It defies logic to think that it would have such a wide range of registrations.

Darlene Love, who is most recognized for her contributions to the Christmas album A Christmas Gift for You by Phil Spector and, in particular, for her timeless song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” voiced her opposition to Mariah Carey’s candidacy at the time as well.

“Has Mariah Carey successfully trademarked the phrase ‘Queen of Christmas’?” Love posed this question in a post on Facebook back in August. “What exactly does that mean, that I am not permitted to use that title?”

“At 81 years of age I’m NOT altering anything,” she stated, “David Letterman officially named me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she published ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.'” I’ve been in this profession for the past 52 years, I’ve earned it, and I can still hit those notes! If Mariah needs help with anything, she should contact David or my attorney!

The song “All I Want for Christmas” was originally recorded by Mariah Carey for her album Merry Christmas in 1994. It was co-written and produced by Carey as well as Walter Afanasieff.

The song did not reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list for the first time until 2019, which is another 25 years after it was initially released.

The holiday single was the first of its kind to ever win the prestigious RIAA Diamond Award, which was given to Carey for the song last year. The RIAA is the recording industry association of the United States.

By Anna

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