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Disney moves to block Deadmau5 trademark application

By | Published on Thursday 4 September 2014

Deadmau5 mau5head logo

Disney has opposed a trademark application by Deadmau5 to register his ‘mau5head’ logo. The dispute has been brewing for some time now, but on Tuesday the film company filed a 171 document with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Although the producer has been using the logo, based on the headgear in which he performs, since 2004, he only made moves to register it in the US last year. However, the Deadmau5 logo is already a registered trademark in 30 other countries, including the UK.

In a statement, Deadmau5’s lawyer Dina LaPolt said: “Given that the mau5head and other identifying deadmau5 trademarks have been used in the US and around the world for almost a decade, we wonder why Disney is only now coming after Deadmau5. Our client will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property”.

Disney did not respond to a request for comment.