READ THE ARTICLE BELOW AND ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
1. DO YOU BELIEVE ABERCROMBIE FITCH SHOULD SUE BEYONCE? WHY?
no Abercrombie Fitch should not sue Beyonce because to me i think it is stupid when people sue over names when there are millions of other names to choose from 1 can be Sasha Fierce an the other can just be Fierce to total different things.
2. DO YOU THINK THAT CONSUMERS WILL BE CONFUSED BY HAVING TWO FRAGRANCES WITH SIMILAR NAMES.
No I do not think that consumers will not be confused by having two fragrances with similar name
because one will be made by Beyonce n maybe have her name on it
3. IF YOU WERE BEYONCE KNOWLES WHAT WOULD YOU DO ABOUT THE SITUATION? WOULD YOU CONTINUE WITH LAUNCHING YOUR PRODUCT AND KEEP THE NAME OR WOULD YOU CHANGE THE NAME?
Yes If i was Beyonce I would continue with my product
because it is a total different name n smell to the product
an i will put a signature on the fragrance to let people know that its mine
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK (Reuters) - A battle between the pop star and the fashion brand just turned fierce.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co, the apparel retailer known for sexy advertising and casual looks, has sued the singer Beyonce Knowles, claiming her plan for a new fragrance to be launched in early 2010 infringes on its existing trademark.
In a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, Abercrombie claims a fragrance under the singer's "Sasha Fierce" label "poses a likelihood of confusion" with the retailer's own "Fierce" brand.
It said such confusion could deprive it of control over a trademark it has used since 2002, and perhaps cost it sales. The lawsuit seeks to halt potential trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.
Representatives of Knowles did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Best known for clothing sold to teens and college-age adults, New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie said it has sold more than $190 million worth of fragrance under the Fierce name, and expects $64 million of sales in 2009.
Abercrombie sells Fierce at more than 350 retail stores and on its website, typically for $40 to $70 in bottles featuring a young man's muscular, nude torso. The fragrance is sprayed throughout stores via a scent machine or by store employees.
"A&F's intent is that all garments that leave the store have the FIERCE scent attached to them," the complaint said.
The company markets Fierce as a men's cologne whose "fresh citrus aroma" and "warm musky subtleness" will "naturally draw her curiosity because of its seductive nature."
A saleswoman at a San Francisco store nonetheless described it as a "unisex" scent.
WHO IS MORE FIERCE?
Fragrance maker Coty Inc has signed an agreement to market Knowles' fragrance.
Knowles, often known solely by her first name, is one of the world's best-known singers, after having risen to fame as lead singer of the group Destiny's Child.
Last November, her album "I am ... Sasha Fierce" debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. On Sunday, the song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" from that album won the Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
In English vernacular "fierce" means "cool" or "fabulous."
The case is Abercrombie & Fitch Co v. Knowles, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (Columbus), No. 09-807.
(Reporting by Alexandria Sage and Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Tim Dobbyn and Matthew Lewis)