Mariah Carey not the 'Queen of Christmas': Trademark Application Rejected
Singer Mariah Carey may not call herself the one and only "Queen of Christmas," reports BBC News. The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a trademark application on that name after another artist objected.
Carey scored a big hit in 1994 with the Christmas song All I Want for Christmas Is You. Since then, her name has been inextricably linked to the holiday season. A trademark would have given the American singer the right to stop others from using the title "Queen of Christmas" on music and merchandise.
The singer already applied for a trademark on the title last year. She also wanted to trademark the abbreviations "QOC" and "Princess Christmas. Those applications were also rejected after lesser-known singer Elizabeth Chan filed a lawsuit against Carey's plans
Chan says she is also called the "Queen of Christmas" because she released a new Christmas album every year for 10 years. "I don't think anyone should monopolize anything like Mariah is trying to do now," Chan said in an interview with the American magazine Variety. "Christmas is for everybody. It's nobody's property."
Because Carey and her lawyers did not respond to Chan's lawsuit in time, the trademark was not granted.