Who is Elizabeth Chan? Holiday singer blocks Mariah Carey from winning 'Queen of Christmas' trademark

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, November 15 rejected Carey's application to trademark the phrase 'Queen of Christmas'

Who is Elizabeth Chan? Holiday singer blocks Mariah Carey from winning 'Queen of Christmas' trademark
Elizabeth Chan was successful in stopping Mariah Carey from obtaining the trademark for 'Queen of Christmas' (Brian Ach/Getty Images for ASCAP, Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA: Mariah Carey applied for a trademark in March 2021 for the phrase 'Queen of Christmas'. Sadly, the singer of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' was unable to secure the trademark for that phrase.

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, November 15 rejected Carey's application to trademark the phrase 'Queen of Christmas', according to documents obtained by the New York Post. This decision means that for holiday singer Elizabeth Chan, Christmas has arrived early after she was successful in stopping Carey from trademarking the name and utilizing it on her every single merchandise. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board noted in its ruling that Carey's firm, Lotion LLC, had not submitted a response to Chan's opposition. In September, the paperwork was due.

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Chan was surprised to see that Carey had applied for the trademark even though she calls herself 'the Queen of Christmas' on her website. Louis Tompros, the lawyer for Chan, claims that this is a "classic case" of "trademark bullying."

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Chan said, "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," as reported by the DailyMail.

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"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," Chan stated. Carey had also applied to register the trademarks 'Princess Christmas' and 'QOC', but those applications were also turned down this month due to Carey's failure to respond.

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Chan was not the only singer who objected to the trademark attempt; Darlene Love also did so in August via Facebook. "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," Love posted at the time.


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"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 concluded. Love sang 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' on David Letterman show from 1986 through 2014 every year.

Who is Elizabeth Chan?

Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Chan is known for her creative Christmas and holiday music. She is a New York native who throughout her career has composed more than 200 Christmas songs. Some of her tracks, like 2013's 'Fa La La' and 2018's 'Best Gift Ever', have debuted in the top 20 of Billboard's adult contemporary chart since the release of her debut album, 'Everyday Holidays'.

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