Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Iron Maiden Sues Over Comic Book Name

Iron Maiden's Eddie the Head

Daily Breeze reports on the trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the heavy metal group Iron Maiden against the creators of a comic book entitled “Iron and the Maiden” (pictured below) and promoted on the website http://www.ironandthemaiden.com/. See Iron Maiden Holdings Limited v. Iron and the Maiden, LLC, Morgan Rose, LLC, and Jason Rubin, Case No. 09-cv-3102 (C.D. Cal. Filed May 4, 2009). A copy of the complaint is available here.

Iron Maiden Holdings Limited (“Iron Maiden”) holds three federal trademark registrations for the IRON MAIDEN mark (for Clothing, Paper products (decals, posters, etc.), and Live Entertainment Services).

Iron and the Maiden Comic Book Cover

The lawsuit is actually the spillover of an ongoing opposition proceeding that has been pending at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since 2007. Iron and the Maiden, LLC applied to register the mark IRON AND THE MAIDEN with the PTO (for comic books, video games, and providing a website with information on comic books and games). When the application was published for opposition in June 2007, Iron Maiden filed an opposition, which has been pending since October 2007 and suspended today with the filing of the above civil action. See Iron Maiden Holdings Limited v. Iron and the Maiden, LLC and Morgan Rose, LLC, Opposition No. 91179834 (T.T.A.B. Filed October 2, 2007).

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