Monday, July 14, 2014

Tyler Perry Wins 'What Would Jesus Do' Trademark From Woman Who Says He Stole It From Her

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Tyler Perry has reportedly won the patent to use "What would Jesus do?" in in a suit filed by another applicant who wanted to patent the popular phrase.

Reality star Kimberly “Poprah” Kearney had registered the trademark in 2008, several months before Perry did. Kearney had it trademarked to use as the title for a reality show, and claims she was developing a reality series with the title, but has got no backers.

According to THR, she says she had submitted the idea to Tyler Perry Studios in 2007 for backing, and alleges that Perry and his lawyers essentially stole the phrase from her but Tyler Perry Studios challenged her claim due to lack of use, and registered theirs later the same year.

Ruling on the case, judges favored Tyler Perry's application, transferring the trademark from Kearney to Perry.

Kearny was not happy about the outcome of her suit, tweeting;

“Thanks every1 who has reached out bout the board letting @tylerperry steal my trademark 4 What Would Jesus Do-but its not over-God got this!”

With the ruling, Perry is now granted the copyright by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to use the phrase in the category of “entertainment services,” with the idea of producing “live concerts, a TV program and motion pictures” in relation to the trademark.

What do you think Tyler Perry's actions in this case?

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