Thursday, March 10, 2011

Off-topic: "Breast Milk Ice Cream Back On Sale; Lady Gaga May Sue"

Cutting edge trademark news from NPR:
Nearly two weeks after seizing two samples of Baby Gaga ice cream for testing over health concerns, a British council has given its approval to the dessert made from mothers' breast milk.

The flavor was created by The Icecreamists, a London store with a flair for the dramatic. As we reported earlier, the store charges around $22 for a serving of the ice cream, which is flavored with vanilla and lemon zest.

Store founder Matt O'Connor has maintained that the breast milk used in the recipe is thoroughly tested, and that potential donors are held to the same standards used to screen blood donors and members of breast milk banks.

Evidently, the Westminster Council, which ordered The Icecreamists to pull its Baby Gaga product until testing could be done, now agrees.

But the shop's choice of the Baby Gaga name — and perhaps the fact that it was commonly served by a blonde woman in a tight, sparkling outfit — prompted new legal action: Pop superstar Lady Gaga is threatening to sue.

Lady Gaga had her attorneys fire off a letter to tell the shop to cease and desist from using the Baby Gaga name....MORE
Elsewhere, attorneys for The Goo Goo Dolls have threatened to sue any infant burbbling the sound "goo-goo" unless all ASCAP royalties are paid. They may join forces with Gaga's legal team over "goo-goo, ga-ga".