We just can’t get ~~you~~ this out of our head! Since we won’t be doing “The Loco-Motion” with her any time soon (even though she’s literally been begging since 1987), we decided it’s time to leisurely bring up the lawsuit between Kylie Minogue and Kylie Jenner. Their under-publicized battle was over the professional ownership of their shared forename and went on for over five years. The “Great Kylie-Off” came to a conclusion last summer, but we’re just now realizing that the winning “Kylie” made just the biggest statement with her first business move.
Before we get to that, though: It’s interesting that one of the Kylies actually thanks the other Kylie for the name Kylie – and it’s not the Kylie you might expect.
Minogue, the Australian songstress, notes that their mutual moniker was largely unheard of when she was new to the scene.
”Actually, when I was young, there was no one called Kylie,” the 51-year-old recalled. “So to explain I would have to spell it out, especially in America. Thanks to Kylie Jenner, they do know the name Kylie. So, winning.”
It made Minogue laugh that there was even “a tussle over a name” to begin with.
The BBC reported that “Jenner attempted to register the mark ‘KYLIE’ in the US for ‘advertising services’ and
‘endorsement services'” via “papers filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in April 2015.” It’s hard to tell, but we’re assuming the aforementioned Jenner is most likely that of momager Kris Jenner (as Kylie would’ve only been 17 at the time).
Regardless, “Minogue’s team filed their opposition in February 2016, citing possible confusion and ‘damage’ to Minogue’s branding.”
The singer’s legal representatives had no qualms about either Kylie’s perceived position.
They defended Minogue as an “internationally renowned performing artist, humanitarian and breast cancer activist.” Additionally, as the BBC continued, Minogue was already the owner of “Kylie-related trademarks in the U.S. in several industries, as well as the website www.kylie.com.”‘
“Jenner, on the other hand, was dismissed as a ‘secondary reality television personality’ who had drawn criticism for her ‘photographic exhibitionism and controversial posts’ on social media.”
Minogue later revealed she didn’t agree with the way her lawyers painted Jenner.
“I was so upset when I heard that. I said, ‘Who said what to Kylie?’
What I heard back was, ‘That’s lawyer speak.'”
In the end, the self-proclaimed “King Kylie” was dethroned – and Miss Minogue began her own cosmetics line. Like the queen she is, Minogue reaffirmed in the same interview that she “didn’t want there to be any (trouble) about it, so everything was taken care of – very nicely.”
And despite what might have been viewed as a spiteful endeavor, Minogue complimented Jenner as doing “amazingly well.”
“I think it’s just important that people know that there is room for more than one Kylie.”
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) June 23, 2019