‘Trademark bully’ Mariah Carey loses bid to be ‘Queen of Christmas’

All she wanted for Christmas was a trademark.

But the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday denied singer Mariah Carey’s attempt to trademark the title “Queen of Christmas,” according to documents obtained by The Post.

The moves means Christmas has come early for holiday songwriter Elizabeth Chan, who successfully blocked Carey from trademarking the title and using it on everything from music to perfume and mugs. 

In its decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board noted Carey’s company, Lotion LLC, had not filed a response to Chan’s opposition. The paperwork was due in September.

Chan refers to herself as “the Queen of Christmas” on her website. Meanwhile, the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” star filed the trademark application in March 2021. Attorney Louis Tompros, who represents Chan, told media outlets this was a “classic case” of “trademark bullying.” 

Mariah Carey singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Mariah Carey, singer of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” wanted to be named “Queen of Christmas.”
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Holiday songwriter Elizabeth Chan on the red carpet
Holiday songwriter Elizabeth Chan, who calls herself “the Queen of Christmas,” opposed Carey’s trademark application.
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“Christmas is a season of giving, not the season of taking, and it is wrong for an individual to attempt to own and monopolize a nickname like Queen of Christmas for the purposes of abject materialism,” Chan said, according to the Daily Mail.

Chan added, “My goal in taking on this fight was to stand up to trademark bullying not just to protect myself, but also to protect future Queens of Christmas.”

Singer Darlene Love on stage
Darlene Love, who sings “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” also had a problem with Carey’s bid.
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Mariah Carey on stage with Santa Claus
The US Patent and Trademark Office denied the application on Tuesday for lack of response from Carey’s company, Lotion LLC.
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Carey similarly tried to register the trademarks “Princess Christmas” and “QOC,” but those applications were also denied for lack of response on Carey’s part in separate decisions this month. Carey’s hit song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” dropped in 1994, selling millions of copies worldwide. 

The Post reached out to Carey’s rep for comment.

The trademark attempt caused a stir not only with Chan, but among other singers as well, like Darlene Love, who objected via Facebook in August.

“David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything,” the star posted at the time. “I’ve been in the business for 52 years, have earned it, and can still hit those notes! If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!!”

Love performed “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s show every year from 1986 to 2014.


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