What’s in a name?

Minogue, Jenner engage in legal battle over first name ‘Kylie’

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An Australia-based company representing Minogue filed a notice of opposition to Jenner’s application for ownership of the name. PHOTO: FILE

LOS ANGELES: It seems like there might be some bad blood between Australian singer Kylie Minogue and American reality TV star Kylie Jenner, as the two are currently in a legal battle over the trademark of their shared first name, Kylie.

Minogue took to Twitter, seemingly to take a dig at the 18-year-old Jenner. She tweeted “Hello... My name is Kylie #lightyears,” quoting a lyric of her 2000 hit track Light Years from the album of the same name. According to reports, the Get Outta My Way singer wanted to convey that she had far greater experience than Jenner.

Last year, Jenner filed a US trademark application to protect her first name in connection with advertising services. In February, an Australia-based company representing Minogue, filed a notice of opposition to Jenner’s application, in order to prevent her from claiming ownership of the name. They also noted that if the request is approved, it will “cause confusion” for Minogue’s fans.

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In the court documents, the company pointed out that Jenner’s trademark bid is undeserved since she is only a “secondary reality television personality” who appears on Keeping Up with the Kardashians as a “supporting character” to the Kardashian sisters. Additionally, the firm stated that Minogue has owned the domain name, Kylie.com, since August 21, 1996 – an entire year before Jenner was even born.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2016.

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