Little Miss Trade Mark Infringement

The Walt Disney Co has been sued for trade mark infringement by THOIP, the owner of the “Little Miss” and “Mr. Men” marks.

The “Little Miss” merchandise range has gained attention recently after Britney Spears and Paris Hilton were photographed wearing the shirts, which are sold at Disneyland.

Disney has also been selling shirts with similar captions, including “Little Miss Bossy”, but has substituted illustrations of Disney Characters, according to court papers.

No doubt the Disney designers thought the idea would be cute and funny. Unfortunately for them, parody is not a defence in trade mark infringement (as it is in copyright cases), so Disney may be in trouble.

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