A guy who works for himself at a small computer company on Long Island is going up against Taylor Swift who he claims stole his company’s name for her popular social media app.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Patrick Lloyd Yves Bénot claims he is the owner (and sole employee) of a company called SwiftLife, which does computer consulting services in New York.
Bénot says SwiftLife Computer Services was launched in 2007 and he claims he trademarked the name SwiftLife in 2008.
But in December 2017, Bénot claims Swift launched her app, “The Swift Life,” which he claims infringes on his business. He says his company used to show up at the top of Google when you searched for “SwiftLife,” but now he shows up much further down.
He claims he has been flooded by emails from Swift fans who have confused his company with her app.
Bénot also argues that Swift has vigorously fought to protect her own copyrights, so she of all people should understand his position.
He is suing for trademark infringement and is seeking unspecified damages.