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Katy Perry Denied TM Registrations On 'Left Shark' Design

Law360, New York (April 22, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT) -- Singer Katy Perry has run into more trouble in her efforts to control the intellectual property for the "Left Shark" dancer from her Super Bowl halftime show, losing a bid to register the design as a trademark.

Perry, who caught flak back in February after her attorneys threatened to sue a man who was selling 3D printed figurines of the internet meme, still has a pending application to register the words “Left Shark,” but a trademark examiner said last week that two designs for the shark itself weren't eligible for trademark protection.

Character designs can only function as trademarks when “used...

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