September 14, 2006

As part of a recent settlement agreement, Sean Combs, known to many as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, and most recently, Diddy, will no longer be known as Diddy in the UK. Richard "Diddy" Dearlove, a British musician, filed suit against Combs, claiming confusion stemming from Combs's use of the name Diddy. Combs will no longer use the name Diddy in the UK, choosing to drop the name and pay Dearlove's legal costs to settle the matter. According to the Long Island Press article (link below), Dearlove started receiving e-mails from women regarding clothing lines and music videos, noting that Combs has produced several music videos and is the owner of the Sean John clothing line. According to Chart Attack (link below), Combs settled for £110,000 (approximately $230,000), avoiding an October 23 court date before the Royal Courts Of Justice in London. Combs has filed for and owns several registered U.S. trademarks, including an application for the mark "DIDDY" (Serial No. 78690920) for 12 different international classes, including but not limited to classes for fragrances, musical sound recordings, wheel rims for vehicles, jewelry and watches, posters, clothing, and live musical performances.

U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 78690920: LINK
Long Island Press Article: LINK
Chart Attack News Article: LINK
Yahoo! News Article: LINK
Sean "Diddy" Combs's Website: LINK
Richard "Diddy" Dearlove's Website: LINK


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