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You can’t win ’em all, unfortunately. And it looks like it’s the same for singer/songwriter/actress/everyone’s reigning Queen Beyoncé, who tried to sue Feyonce Inc. for infringing on her trademark and confusing consumers.

Unfortunately, Judge Allison Nathan denied Bey’s request for a permanent injunction to stop the company from selling Feyonce products, like shirts and mugs that say, “He put a ring on it.”

 

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The judge cited a case from the ’90s, where Nike attempted to sue a company for using its logo alongside the name Mike. States Nathan, “A rational jury might or might not conclude that the pun here is sufficient to dispel any confusion among the purchasing public. Many purchasers of Feyonce products are, in fact, engaged, just as many Mike product purchasers were named Mike. Viewed in the light most favourable to defendants, this evidence suggests that consumers are understanding the pun, rather than confusing the brands.”

 

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But not all was lost. Though Nathan sided against Beyoncé this time, denying the injunction, she noted that the singer’s camp did make some compelling arguments and that the dispute would be best solved in front of a jury. She also suggested that Team Feyonce and Team Beyonce might want to consider a settlement instead of further litigation.

I mean, on the one hand, would anyone ever really think Bey was responsible for Feyonce and their punny wares? On the other, would you want your name co-opted and turned into a novelty mug? Decisions, decisions.

One thing’s for sure, if you’ve had your eye on that Feyonce shirt, now’s the time to buy it.