Rihanna Wants To Trademark The Name “Robyn,” DC Comics Is Not Happy
Since 2014, Rihanna has been trying to let the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allow her to trademark her given first name of “Robyn.” However, those plans have hit a snag as DC Comics says the name “Robyn” is too close to “Robin” as in Batman’s sidekick “Robin.”
Via Page Six:
The 27-year-old pop star — whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — had hoped to use it to launch an online feature magazine venture, the trademark papers state.
But DC Comics argued that the publication would tarnish the fictional Robin’s good name, according to the complaint.
Robin is one half of a “world-famous” and decades-old “Dynamic Duo” who has “appeared alongside Batman, Batgirl, The Joker, Catwoman and The Penguin,” the complaint states.
”[Rihanna’s] registration is likely to cause dilution by blurring and tarnishing the famous opposer’s mark,” it slams.
Now, first of all, there is an obvious difference between Robyn and Robin. I, of all people, am totally here for that. Although I will say that I get messages and tweets all the time with people insisting on spelling my name as “Robin” despite the fact that, hello, my name is right there, above where they are writing, spelled the correct way.
It probably doesn’t happen the other way around so often, but people do seem to confuse them. Either that or they think they’re correcting me and my parents. Which, I will just say is ridiculous, because technically Robyn is older than Robin anyway. Robin Hood, in fact, was originally Robyn Hode. so there.
Yet, I have to say here that I would also very much prefer that Rihanna not be allowed to copyright the name “Robyn.” You know, because it happens to be my fucking name, which I have had since before she was even born. Which I, unlike Rihanna, actually go by. Rihanna is a Robyn defector! She abandoned us for a fancier, non-gender neutral name.
If anyone should get to copyright the name Robyn, it is me. Or Robyn the Swedish Pop Singer, or Robyn Hitchcock. But really, no one should be going around copywriting first names that other people have, particularly when they are not even using them.