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Taylor Swift settles trademark case with clothing label

Singer Taylor Swift has settled a trademark lawsuit with Californian clothing firm Blue Sphere over her alleged infringement of its “Lucky 13” slogan.

Blue Sphere filed a lawsuit against Swift in May 2014 accusing her of selling merchandise featuring its “Lucky 13” trademark. After failing to hear back from Swift’s team the company sued her.

Swift’s lawyers accused Blue Sphere of attempting to bully Swift into a settlement, and demanded the court step in to protect Swift from “prejudice and harassment”. They said her tour schedule made deposition all but impossible.

In August, US district court judge Douglas McCormick rejected the argument that Swift was being harassed needlessly, and said the “extraordinary circumstances that would warrant a protective order prohibiting the deposition of a named party are not present here”.

Following the settlement Swift will not have to appear in court.

Dominic Murphy, trade mark attorney a intellectual property firm Withers & Rogers, said: “Settling a case out of court is usually the best route for brand owners. It is a straightforward process which allows both parties to continue to do business without the added complications that arise from any ongoing litigation.

“It is quite common for businesses to come to such an agreement and most brands with experience of protecting their trade marks will choose this option. All outstanding claims against Taylor Swift relating to an infringement of the ‘Lucky 13’ trade mark will now have been withdrawn by Blue Sphere.”

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