No cat fight but a mouse fight. That is how you could call the dispute between the famous DJ Deadmau5 and Mickey Mouse. But it is not yet a dispute: Disney has extended the opposition period with the USPTO and is now investigating the possibilities.Deadmau5 is a famous DJ and is known for the mouse mask he wears during performances. Deadmau5 has registered the mask as a trademark in the European Union. and he wanted to protect his trademark in the US as well. One hurdle: America is of course the homeland of the other well-known mouse, Mickey Mouse!Such as a mask is of course a good way to distinct yourself from other DJ’s and can act as a trademark. Another example are the masks of the rock band Kiss, also registered trademarks. Even though confusion between a DJ and a cartoon is discussable, the counter party is Disney and the mouse is probably worlds most famous mouse.
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