Kim Kardashian has filed a federal lawsuit against a doctor who claims to have invented the Vampire Facelift.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kimberly Kardashian West, along with her company Kimsaprincess Inc., sued Dr. Charles Runels, the American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association & Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Care, a Medical Corporation.
Kardashian accuses the defendants of copyright infringement and false association.
Runerls’ claims to be the, “Inventor of O-Shot®, Vampire Facelift®, Priapus Shot®, & Vampire Breast Lift®.” He runs the company American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association.
Kim says, “Defendant Charles Runels is a doctor in Alabama. In characteristically self-promoting fashion, he describes himself alternatively as the “Orgasm Doctor” and the “Calvin Klein of medicine.” To that end, while he appears to maintain a small practice in Alabama, most of his time is spent touting the various cosmetic procedures he has purported to trademark—including, as relevant here, the Vampire Facial (as well as the Orgasm Shot, the Vampire Facelift, and the Vampire Breast Lift). To hear Runels tell it, the point of medical trademarking is to “protect patients by limiting advertising of these procedures to providers who agree to follow specific methods and to use FDA approved devices,” in much the same way that “a Calvin Klein tag goes on a garment manufactured by another person but who follows Mr. Klein’s design.”
She continues, "But the “protection” of patients who have never heard of Runels, let alone been treated by him, does not pay the bills. The real goal, as the New York Times pointed out in 2011, was to charge other doctors $47 a month to promote their Vampire Facelifts."