Rihanna in legal battle with DC Comics

In a move no-one saw coming, DC Comics and Rihanna have reportedly become embroiled in a legal battle.

The publisher is opposing the singer’s company Roraj Trade from registering the trademark ‘Robyn’, claiming it is too similar to Batman’s sidekick Robin, reports Pirated Thoughts.



The attempt to block Rihanna from using her own birth name (as in Robyn Rihanna Fenty) might sound hugely unreasonable, but makes more sense when you know that the trademark was registered for “online non-downloadable general feature magazines”.

DC’s Notice of Opposition was submitted on May 11 in the US Patent and Trademark Office by James D Weinberger of Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman and Zissu (via Billboard).

It claims that the online magazine is “identical and/or highly related” to DC’s existing product and would target the same types of customers who “are likely to be deceived into falsely believing” that there is some connection between the two.

DC holds numerous trademarks for Batman’s acrobatic partner Robin, who has been portrayed by various characters since his introduction in 1940.