Her legal team are 'hopeful' the registration will be granted

Mutya Buena has applied for ownership of the Sugababes name, her legal team has confirmed.

Buena, who was one of the founding Sugababes members, has filled for registration with the European Trademarks Authority, reports BBC News.

Last September, Buena, who left Sugababes in 2005, told BBC 6 music she believed the group was effectively defunct after Keisha Buchanan left.

“It kind of doesn’t make sense that there is Sugababes any more. I don’t know if it’s just me, but Keisha being the original that was left out of the band, her leaving doesn’t make it Sugababes really,” she explained.

“I don’t know how they replace her or carry on without her. I just think it’s really sad. To me it just means the Sugababes have ended really, not in a bad way, but because there are no original people remaining.”

If Buena‘s application is successful, it could mean that she will own the rights to use the Sugababes name on goods such as CDs, DVDs and books.

Expecting a decision in the next few months, Kilburn And Strode, the firm who put forward the application, said they were “hopeful” the registration would be passed.

Meanwhile, the current line-up of Sugababes, which includes Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen, will release their new album ‘Sweet 7’ on March 15.

They have yet to comment on the application.