Mariah Carey has been blocked from exclusively trademarking the title, ‘Queen of Christmas’, by festive singer Elizabeth Chan in a landmark victory.
All I Want For Christmas Is You singer Carey, 52, filed an application to trademark the phrase in March 2021 – a move which infuriated festive singers Chan, 42, and Darlene Love, 81, with the former heading to court in an attempt to block 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 concurrent attempts to register the trademarks ‘Princess Christmas’ and ‘QOC’.
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 – in perpetuity and globally.
Festive singers: Mariah Carey (left) has been blocked from exclusively trademarking the title, ‘Queen of Christmas’, by festive 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 attempt to own and monopolize a nickname like Queen of Christmas for the purposes of abject materialism.
As an independent artist and small business owner, my life’s work is to bring people together for the holiday season, which is how I came to be called the Queen of Christmas.
I wear that title as a badge of honor and with full knowledge that it will be – and should be – bestowed on others in the future.
‘My goal in taking on this fight was to stand up to trademark bullying not just to protect myself, but also to protect future Queens of Christmas.’
Then: It’s become customary for Carey to promote her mid-90s studio album throughout the last two months of the year – and she has been informally dubbed the ‘Queen of Christmas’
Louis Tompros, who led the legal team representing Chan, said: ‘This was a classic case of trademark bullying. We are pleased with the victory, and delighted that we were able to help Elizabeth fight back against Carey’s overreaching trademark registrations.’
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Mariah Carey for comment.
The application in which Carey requested to secure exclusive usage of ‘Queen Of Christmas’ along with ‘QOC’, ‘Princess of Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Princess,’ was made public on 12 July.
It’s become customary for Carey to promote her mid-90s studio album – Merry Christmas – throughout the last two months of the year.
The lead single is ubiquitous around the holiday season as fans push it back to the top of the music charts year after year.
Her seemingly inextricable association with the holiday has earned her the informal title of Queen of Christmas.
Uh 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 concurrent attempts to register the trademarks ‘Princess Christmas’ and ‘QOC’ (Pictured in 2013)
Last year just days before the holiday the chart-topping track had more than 81 million streams and had been downloaded around 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 was described as ‘America’s most successful, and perhaps only, full-time Christmas-song singer-slash-composer.’
Had Carey been successful in her trademark filing, she would have been able to sue someone for knitting and selling a Queen of Christmas sweater or ask a radio station or any media outlet to cease and desist from labeling anyone else the Queen of Christmas.
The star would have been given the right to request licensing fees and royalties from anyone who had sought to use Queen of Christmas across hundreds of categories of goods and services in perpetuity.
Mariah’s March 2021 application being made public defied her December 2021 claim that she believes the title ‘Queen Of Christmas’ should be bestowed upon the Virgin Mary.
Speaking on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Mariah insisted she never chose the festive moniker herself and explained: ‘That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that.
Not having it! The move by Mariah had left festive singers Darlene Love, 81, furious (Pictured: Darlene in 2018)
Oh! In August Love took to Facebook where she told Mariah Carey to call her lawyer
I’m someone who loves Christmas, who happened to be blessed to write All I Want For Christmas Is You. And a lot of other Christmas songs. 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 she’d chosen.
She said: ‘Oh, I could have chosen one of mine, but that’s one of the best, ever, greatest ever!’
Back in August Darlene Love took to Facebook where she asked: ‘Is it true that Mariah Carey trade marked ‘Queen of Christmas’? What does that mean that I can’t use that title?
‘David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released ‘All I want For Christmas Is You’ and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything.
I’ve been in the business for 52 years, have earned it and can still hit those notes! If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!!’
As well as Chan and Love, there is also Brenda Lee who recorded multiple Christmas songs in the late ’50s and ’60s.
Her iconic 1958 recording of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 the last three years running.
Virgin Mary only? Mariah insisted she never chose the festive moniker herself and explained: ‘That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that’