An Australian court determined that Katy Perry violated the trademark of a Sydney-based fashion designer who marketed her wares under her birth name.
In 2019, Katie Taylor sued the singer for selling Katy Perry clothes to Australians during her 2014 and 2018 concert tours.
A Thursday court filing stated that Katy Perry’s firm, Kitty Purry, partially violated Katie Taylor’s online clothing business’s trademark by advertising the singer’s wares on social media.
Damages will be decided later.
“This is a tale of two women, two teenage dreams and one name,” Markovic said.
The judge rejected the popstar’s Katie Perry trademark cancellation request.
Taylor, born Katie Perry, termed the ruling a “David and Goliath” success for small companies.
“Not only have I fought myself, but I fought for small businesses in this country, many of them started by women, who can find themselves up against overseas entities who have much more financial power than we do,” she said in a blog.
Katy Perry’s representatives were unavailable.
Taylor registered the “Katie Perry” brand in Australia in 2008.
Taylor claimed Katy Perry originally sought to reject the registration and later hired attorneys to force the designer to stop using the mark, but she later backed down.