Former Beatles Ringo Starr now he is fighting to stop his name being used for sex toys. Ringo Starr locked in trademark battle over his iconic name
Pacific Coast Holdings IP, LLC, the parent company of Screaming O, have put forward their desire to trademark the name Ring O for a vibrating penis ring, which they have marketed under that name since 2008. (Express-co.uk)
They accused Sir Ringo of being a ‘trademark squatter’ as he attempted to oppose their trademark, as well as suggesting their customers would not be of the generation to connect the item with the Beatle.
Sir Ringo’s legal team, in contrast, claim Pacific Coast Holdings broke their agreement, which allowed them to use the name so long as they never attempted to trademark it.
His name is fairly unique and has become one of his trademarks. However, he is now fighting to oppose the name being used for a brand of sexual aids.
The Ring O is one of a group of sexual aids sold by the company, with other names including the Swingo, The Big O and the Primo.
Despite using the name for some time, the company did not seek to trademark the name until years later, with their application for trademark being published in 2018.
In 2019, Sir Ringo launched his first opposition to the name, stating he already owns seven trademarks for the name and has used that name since 1962.
The opposition also states how Sir Ringo does not want to be linked to the sexual aid in any way, with the original filing of his opposition stating: “…the fame of Opposer’s Ringo Trademarks further establish that a likelihood of confusion may occur in the marketplace.
Recently The two surviving members of The Beatles have shared the stage together twice in the past few years.
“I love that, getting up with him,” Starr told The Irish News. “We did it at the O2 in England [in 2018]. And then he called me and he said, ‘I’m doing Dodger Stadium, if you want to do a few numbers’.
“So he picked three numbers, and I got up and went down there. And it’s magic for the audience as well as us. I love playing with him.”
The drummer added: “The audience is like, ‘Oh, there’s two of them! Wow’. It lifts everything, in a joyous way. So, yeah, I had a great time.”
Speaking of the pair’s current friendship, Starr added: “We’re still pals. We don’t hang out with each other a lot. But if we’re in the same country, and if we’re in the same town we always have a dinner, and we say hi or he comes over here or I go over to his house.”