10/08/2008 05:58:00 PM

Master P. sued by Pepe Jeans for trademark infringement.

Posted by SouthernGurl

I mentioned on RealGossip 101 that Master P. who now goes by the P. Miller had launched a new high-end affordable clothing line which will be sold in Wal-Mart stores across the country. And although the clothing line is still in its testing phase, it hasn't hindered another well-known clothing company for calling P. out over his P. Miller Designs logo. Now the rapper-turned-entrepreneur is facing legal action from Pepe Jeans over accusations of copyright infringement. The company claims Miller's 'circled-P' logo is too similar to their own logo. Well, P. is prepared for his haters and ready to fight back with legal proof. For starters, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has his first use date recorded in public record as 1 April, 2003, while Pepe’s registered mark falls on 1 June, 2003. But there's more. Peep P.'s statement below:
"I went to the website of PepeJeans.com and couldn't find a circled-P anywhere, on their clothing, or the brand advertising within the site. I'm the future of affordable fashion and big brands will always hate me, but they shouldn't throw stones if they live in a glass house! I make clothes for underprivileged families. P. Miller designs is about diversity. We cater to the African-American and Latino customer. I'm doing something positive for the community and I'm giving back. What are they (Pepe) doing? Hating? I thought this kind of thing only happened in the rap game. I put out a charitable rap album last year, made no money on it, tried to send a message to the kids about taking profanity out of their music, and because it came through Wal-Mart I was targeted with a lawsuit. I'm the brand of the community. I sell jeans for $20 and t-shirts for $10. People don't buy my clothes for the logo. They buy them because it's high fashion at an affordable price. Just to prove my point, I'm confident that even if I take the circled-P logo, which by the way is probably the logo of several hundred other companies, off my spring line, people will still buy them!

Is this ridiculous or what? I guess they didn't do their homework. I am also filing a countersuit against Nitin, Arun, and Milan Shah and Pepe Jeans London, LLC for tortious interference with my business and future business with Wal-Mart. And since they saw fit to go after my retailer, I will return the favor and file suit against several of their retailers like Macy's, Dr. Jay's, Nordstrom, and Eastbay."
Go 'head on P. dog!


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