Judge Rules in Favor of Oprah in Lawsuit


0  Updated at 12:27 pm, March 8th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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George Burns/Harpo, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Oprah Winfrey recently won a legal case involving her use of the phrase “Own Your Power” on the cover of an O, The Oprah Magazine.

Simone Kelly-Brown, the head of Own Your Power Communications, Inc., which provides motivational services, argued in a lawsuit filed last year that her company owned the trademark to “Own Your Power.” She claimed Winfrey infringed upon the trademark with a 2010 issue of O whose cover carried the phrases “Own Your Power,” “How to Tap Into Your Strength,” “Focus Your Energy” and “Let Your Best Self Shine.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a New York federal judge this week ruled against Kelly-Brown, stating that consumers could not have been confused by the magazine’s use of the phrase “Own Your Power.” The judge also determined that Winfrey had the right to use the phrase to describe the contents of the issue.

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