Author's Pen Name Was Really Trademark Fraud, Judge Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (April 11, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday voided an author's pseudonym trademark registration, ruling that she fraudulently applied for it by passing off someone else's work as her own and that a book publisher was the trademark's rightful owner.

Urban book publisher Melodrama Publishing LLC, which contracted author Danielle Santiago to write two female drug kingpin novels she ultimately failed to deliver, sued Santiago in October for fraudulently trademarking the “Nisa Santiago” pseudonym. Melodrama learned of her trademark for the pseudonym through a cease-and-desist letter her attorney sent the publisher, according...
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