In the latest celebrity trademark news, Ms. Mariah Carey herself has filed trademarks for the “Queen of Christmas”, “QOC”, “Princess of Christmas” and “Christmas Princess.” The singer submitted a patent and trademark application to the USPTO, citing a 2021 Billboard article that referred to her as the "undisputed Queen of Christmas."
With her smash renditions of “All I Want For Christmas”, “O Holy Night”, and “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town” on her 1994 album Merry Christmas, Carey established this reputation as the Queen of Christmas. According to CBS News, Carey, whose song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has become a traditional holiday favorite, wants to use the brand in her music, music-based entertainment, and product sales.
Elizabeth Chan and Darlene Love, two other singers who contend they have connections to the "Queen of Christmas" title, disputed Carey's claim after the bid became public in July 2022. Chan had her lawyer, Louis W. Tompros of Boston-based WilmerHale, submit a formal declaration of opposition against Carey's trademark claim last week. Chan has released several Christmas songs during her career and even had her album debut in 2021 with the title Queen of Christmas.
Chan discussed her plan to file a lawsuit and her opposition to Carey being the only one to use the title "Queen of Christmas" in an interview with Variety. "Christmas has come way before any of us on earth, and hopefully will be around way after any of us on earth," Chan told the publication. "And I feel very strongly that no one person should hold onto anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way that Mariah seeks to in perpetuity. That's just not the right thing to do. Christmas is for everyone. It's meant to be shared; it's not meant to be owned."
All I Want for Christmas Is You was the biggest single in the world, according to Billboard the last year. Additionally, the song is the most streamed holiday tune on Apple Music and Spotify.
"The continued love for my song never ceases to amaze me and fill my heart with a multitude of emotions," Carey said in a press release at the time. "It blows my mind that 'All I Want for Christmas is You' has endured different eras of the music industry."
She added: "The RIAA DIAMOND award?! Wowww! I'm so fortunate to have the greatest fans on Earth, my Lambily, who continue to support my legacy. I love you."
We shall see how this plays out for Mariah.