Katy Perry’s Left Shark Trademark Application Has Been DENIED

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Katy Perry’s attempt to register a trademark for the “Left Shark” figure and phrase has been denied.

She also tried to register the terms “Right Shark”, “Drunk Shark”, and “Basking Shark”.

Perry’s attempt to trademark characters from her Superbowl performance comes after artist Fernando Sosa publicly challenged a cease and desist letter. Sosa received a threatening letter from Perry’s lawyer over a Left Shark 3D printing file he was selling online. Sosa’s lawyer asked Perry’s team to prove that she had the right to make claims on the figure.

Well, Perry doesn’t have the rights. The internet can continue to 3D print Left Shark figures in peace. Trademark examiner David Collier denied the request.

According to Billboard, Collier said Left Shark “identifies only a particular character; it does not function as a service mark to identify and distinguish applicant’s services from those of others and to indicate the source of applicant’s services.”

Collier also said the Left Shark figure that Perry submitted in her application doesn’t even match the figure that danced onstage with her.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

3 Responses

  1. Paul Resnikoff

    Can’t help but laugh at Katy Perry’s bullying lawyers, trying to intimidate the little guy with zero-to-no basis. As someone who gets peppered with chest-thumping intimidation-based nastygrams, I can’t help but laugh at how little these lawyers’ ballsacks actually are sometimes. But hey, $750 an hour, I shouldn’t be hating too much. Big up Fernando!

  2. Realist

    Is this a case of copyright lawyers ‘jumping the shark’?