Two companies representing Jimi Hendrix’s estate, have sued the guitar legend’s brother in a long-running dispute over the use of trademarks and copyrights in Hendrix-themed products, such as “Jimi’s Cannabis Collection Purple Haze” and “Jimi’s Wines”.
Leon Hendrix, Jimi’s brother, and his business partner, Andrew Pitsicalis, are now the center of yet another IP quarrel. Earlier we posted about Leon using Jimi’s photo on merchandise like t-shirts and guitars. Leon’s attorney merely calls the law suit “frivolous”.
The Estate hold the rights to Hendrix’s trademarks, including “Jimi Hendrix”, his signature, as well as copyrights on his popular composition “Purple Haze” and album “Axis: Bold As Love”. Consequently, they have asked the court to stop the defendants from using the Hendrix estate’s trademarks and copyrights in products for sale.
Previously, Leon Hendrix and Pitsicalis filed trademark applications, such as “Jimi” and “Jimi Jams” for audio speaker products. These applications were refused, because – according to the Trademark Office – they would create a likelihood of confusion with the Hendrix estate’s registered marks.
Let see what the court has to say.