Tag Archives: Jay-Z

Clash of titans averted

Originally posted 2007-07-26 00:39:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Wrestliang press reports (link to this blog added):

Former WCW superstar Diamond Dallas Page has settled his trademark infringement lawsuit against hip hop mogul Jay-Z. The suit was settled on July 10th after the court signed off on an agreement reached between the two parties.

According to one source, the settlement included a monetary fee that was paid by Jay-Z to Page. In exchange for the fee, Page agreed to drop all claims in regards to the infringement suit. Each party paid their [sic] own legal fees.

I, for one, will sleep a lot better tonight, knowing that Jay-Z sliced off about ten minutes worth of earnings to pay off the offended “superstar.” It would, however, have been quite interesting to see if anyone really had any trademark rights in their shared hand gestures. I assume that since Page is a “former WCW superstar,” he isn’t using the gesture any more, so there are no licensing issues. I would love to see what the quality control provisions would provide!

Oh, yeah, Blue Ivy baby thing

Originally posted 2012-11-12 15:26:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

As Lara Pearson puts it:

For the past 3 days my in-box has been lighting up at a blistering pace with news alerts about every trademark attorney’s favorite celebrity infant – Blue Ivy Carter (whose mere existence somehow warrants a section on Huffington Post). According to the headlines, the brown eyed babe’s celebrity parents –Beyonce and Jay-Z – ”lost” their fight to protect BLUE IVY . . .  as a federally registered trademark that is.

Lara then does a great job summing up the whole stupid situation, including the fact that what “everybody knows” is wrong, as it usually is.  Her main point, however, and it’s one I like, is that there is something wrong with celebrities — even prestigious Presidential pals like Jay-Z — getting fast-track treatment for the trademark business at the PTO.

But then again, why should the PTO be different from any other institution?  Well, we would like it to be, because we’re idealistic about trademark law, which we (Lara and I and others like us) practice, and would like our clients to get special treatment too.

What’s more troubling, really, is the Lara’s opening sentence, though, isn’t it?

Trademark rights in interdigitization

Originally posted 2007-05-15 21:32:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Praying Hands

Thou, Rock

Nick Daly drops me a note to the effect that one Jay-Z, gazillionaire rhyming scatologist, has been sued by a professional perspirer and leaping stage goon called Diamond Dallas Page — ach! my kingdom for a stage name! — for the former’s “Roc-A-Fella Hand Gesture,” also known as the “Diamond Cutter” hand gesture. Evidently Mr. Z uses the former, Mr. Page the latter of these nicknames for the clever manipulation of the human carpal, metacarpal and phalange bones in a distinctive diamond-shaped pattern in association with the services provided by the respective performers.

The Roc

Now, Roc-a-Fella is a record company specializing in rhythmic spoken-word obscenity-laced performance art which generates (1) some light, if you will, allowing one to peer into the dimmer recesses of the heart of urban America’s cultural darkness profundity, plus (2) much heat as regards the controversial word choice typically employed by its practitioners as well as the ribald subject matter of the works, in addition to (3) immense dump trucks full of cash.

You may perhaps, in a merry mood, “Rock a fellow” — “rock” him, in this sense meaning to entertain him or absorb his attentions by use of contemporary upbeat rock and roll music or its derivaties — or as we northeastern urbanites might say, you might rock “a fella”; hence the name of the company. And it is hard not to suspect an allusion, based both on ironic association considering the countercultural nature of the works as well as with vast hordes of currency, to the name Rockefeller, the billionaire dynasty that, as is well known, controls everything, and whose name is arguably a “trademark” for immense wealth and power.  (UPDATE:  Jay-Z, in contrast, evidently cannot quite as readily as the Old Man could rock every fella as he might like to.)

The Rockefeller

Roc-a-Fella Records does not control quite as much of everything, yet it is very influential in its own precincts. Still as between the Rockefellers and Diamond Dallas Page, only one has seen fit to claim trademark infringement. We note that Jay Z is evidently associated with the Def Jam label as well as the Roc-a-Fella organization at this time. It is not clear why an allusion to deafness is appropriate for a company associated with sound recordings, unless one actually listens to them (“jamming” is the making of music by informal or improvisational arrangement in “hep” talk); but we digress.

The issues in the case — the absurd, goofy case which will move Mr. Page, the comic mock-wrestler, from one-one-thousandth as rich and famous as Mr. Z, the rhyming, gesticulating would-be urban troubadour, to three-one-thousandths of Mr. Z — are painstakingly set out here (via Marty Mr. S.), where you can also compare the disputed hand gestures. While we cannot agree with Justin Pats’s conclusion that Mr. Z will be “found not guilty” in this civil case, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION agrees with his reasoning and suggests that this litigation is either a publicity stunt, a present for Mr. Page’s lawyers (admittedly this is the least likely, for although much-deserved, such gifts from clients bearing retainers are all too rare in our experience) or perhaps a tax writeoff following a good year of full-nelsons and body slams, and that, at the end of the day, the entertaining Mr. Z will dispose of the claims against him like so much dirt off his shoulder.

UPDATE:  Keepin’ it real — settled.