Mariah Carey is not officially the “Queen of Christmas” after the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against the pop singer’s legal attempt to trademark the name.
According to Page Six, the “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” artist was denied the title on Tuesday (Nov. 15) and also can’t trademark the titles “Princess of Christmas” or “QOC” either.
The ruling, however, means that the holiday titles can be used by Elizabeth Chan, another singer who claims to be “the world’s only full-time pop Christmas recording artist,” and has put out 12 albums filled with Christmas music. She has also used the title “Princess of Christmas” as a nickname for her 5-year-old daughter, the outlet notes.
In case you missed it, Carey moved to trademark the “Queen of Christmas” title earlier this year but notable holiday music artists Darlene Love and Elizabeth Chan, were not fond of the decision.
Variety previously reported that Chan was once called the “Queen of Christmas” and chose to file a formal declaration of opposition against Carey. In the filing, the singer pointed out that “Carey has said in interviews that she doesn’t want the title.”
Love is known for her Christmas hits that have spanned over six decades including her album Queen of Christmas.
Carey attempted to trademark the "Queen of Christmas" title through her company, Lotion LLC, to title a line of merchandise that would include albums, fragrances, pet accessories, sunglasses and more.
Attorney Louis Tompros, who represented Chan in the case, said in a statement: “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.”
A rep for Carey has not yet publicly responded to the trademark news.