An Australian fashion designer named Katie Perry is suing her US pop superstar namesake Katy Perry over alleged trademark infringement.
The designer, who owns a Sydney loungewear clothing label and now goes by Katie Taylor, says she’s held the trademark registration for Katie Perry-branded clothes in Australia since September 2008.
Ms Taylor was asked by the singer’s lawyers in May 2009 to withdraw her trademark application to use her maiden name for her label.
But the famous singer dropped the case hours before it was set for court.
However, Ms Taylor alleges Perry has since ignored her Australian trademark and sold clothing under the Katy Perry label, including at Myer and Target.
She last week brought proceedings against the music star – whose real name is Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson – and her company Killer Queen LLC in the Federal Court, with the first hearing set for November 21.
“This is a real David and Goliath fight,” Ms Taylor said in a statement on Thursday.
“The singer has ignored my trademark and continued to sell infringing goods unlawfully in Australia.”