The company argue that it is too similar to Batman character Robin
Publishing company DC Comics are aiming to prevent pop star Rihanna from trademarking her first name, Robyn.
The singer, who was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is reportedly set to launch her own magazine using her birth name. However, as Billboard report, DC Comics view it as too similar to their Batman character Robin.
Rihanna’s company, Roraj Trade, filed a trademark request for the name in June 2014, citing their intent to “provide on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines”. However, DC Comics submitted a Notice of Opposition to the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month (May 11).
DC Comic’s complaint argues that Rihanna’s proposed magazine would be “identical and/or highly related” to DC’s existing trademarks, suggesting that it “is likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive the public”, with it argued that consumers “are likely to be deceived into falsely believing” that there’s a connection between the two products.
In April, a US rapper accused Rihanna of plagiarism over her track ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’. Rihanna released the song in March, with Texas MC Just Brittany later claiming that the pop star borrowed heavily from her similarly named 2014 track ‘Betta Have My Money’.
While Just Brittany took to Twitter to claim that Rihanna had “jacked” her song, Bibi Bourelly, who co-wrote the song with Rihanna, Jamille Pierre and Travis Scott, recently disregarded the claims. Bourelly said, “I don’t want to bash anybody or be bitter or mean. I just want to be able to celebrate our victory. A lot of things change when one is granted success, random people pop up, and a lot of the adjustments are rough. My way of coping with them is through focusing on the things that I have accomplished and the things that are yet to come.”