According to court documents filed on July 28, 2011, in New Jersey, Oprah Winfrey is being sued for trademark infringement. She has been slapped with a lawsuit over her usage of the acronym OYP, otherwise known as âOwn Your Power.â Simone Kelly-Brown and Own Your Power Communications, Inc., the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, claim the motivational communication services company invented the acronym and concept that people can âlive their best lifeâ if they believe that âanything you want in life is attainable,â and even secured their usage of the acronym by petitioning the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain exclusive ownership of the term âOwn Your Power.â
However, Harpo Studios, then began to use the registered letters to âidentify Harpo [and] Oprah â¦ as advocates for individuals to âlive [their] best lifeâ through self-awareness and motivational communication, the same type as OYP services.â
The plaintiffs allege that they are seeking damages to reverse Winfrey and Harpoâs âbrazenly unlawful disregard for the existence and use of [OTP's] trademark.â
âUnder such circumstances,â the suit continues, âwith [Winfrey and Harpo] being much larger, spending more money, having a wider reach, and an overlapping audience with the much smaller Company, particularly with one of the most influential women in the world at the helm â¦ [OTP has] been irreparably harmed.â
A Harpo spokesperson issued the following statement regarding the suit: âHarpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made.â Consequently, we will have to wait and see how this develops.
We will keep you informed of any developments.