Deadmau5 is no stranger to legal disputes. Over the past decade, deadmau5 has been involved in countless legal battles. Now the electronic music artist is being sued in a trademark battle over his cat, ‘Professor Meowingtons.'
In December, deadmau5 filed a petition with the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel a Florida women's trademark for “Meowingtons.” The woman who filed the trademark, Emma Bassiri, owns the website meowingtons.com which sells cat-themed merchandise.
March 13th, Emma Bassiri filed a lawsuit again deadmau5 claiming trademark infringement and unfair competition. deadmau5 believes that Bassiri chose the name Meowingtons because she was a long-time fan of deadmau5 and his music. Bassiri however denies these claims saying that deadmau5 is damaging both her business and reputation.
“The act of naming your pet animal is not protected by the trademark laws of any country of which I am aware,” a spokesperson for Bassiri explained. “The mouse [Zimmerman] is clearly the copycat in this case, and our legal team is confident that Ms. Bassiri, a creative and hardworking entrepreneur who has built a successful online retailing business, Meowingtons.com inspired by her love of cats, will prevail as the rightful and sole owner of the mark ‘Meowingtons.'”
deadmau5's Lawyer Dina LaPolt told The Hollywood Reporter “Deadmau5 has been extremely generous and attempted to resolve this matter amicably. However, as demonstrated by their legal action, they have no intention to address and remedy their intentional infringement and now attempt to extort and deprive our client of his rights and we will take all available measures to protect and enforce his rights.”
deadmau5 also provided his own statement saying: “From the very beginning I was working to find a way to resolve this situation amicably. Now I am forced to litigate this woman out of existence. Bye bye Emma Bassiri. I am going to protect the trademark I have been using since 2011.”