Singer Katy Perry is hoping to go from zero to her own hero by challenging court rulings that she infringed an Australian fashion designer’s trademark by selling merchandise during her 2014 Prism tour.
In April, federal court found a company owned by Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known as Katy Perry, responsible for infringing on local designer Katie Jane Taylor’s (née Perry) trademark.
Since 2007, Taylor has been selling and designing her own clothing line under her Katie Perry label.
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Judge Brigitte Markovic ruled that the singer’s company, Kitty Purry, is entitled to damages after infringing on Katie Perry’s trademark by selling clothes bearing the pop star’s name during the 2014 Prism tour of Australia.
It was also noted that Hudson had violated the trademark on Twitter prior to the tour, but she was not liable for damages after using her own name in “good faith”.
Judge Markovic dismissed further claims by Taylor that her trademark had been infringed by clothing sold at Target and Myer, and on sites including Amazon and eBay, during the Prism tour or in the run-up to the Witness Tour, which came to Australia in 2018 .
A request by pop star Kitty Purry and two other companies, Killer Queen and Purrfect Ventures, to cancel the Katie Perry trademark was also dismissed in federal court.
The singer and her companies appealed the results last week. A hearing is not yet planned.