Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) the electronic musician looked to be going head to head (or ear to ear) with Mickey Mouse. Deadmau5 is the proprietor of the community mouse ear trade mark (EU00856128) and wants to increase the protection for his mouse ears to the US.
He (Joel Zimmerman) is normally seen on stage wearing his “mouse head”. Whilst our dear friend Mickey Mouse would not be seen in public or on the TV without his mouse ears.
In September 2014 Disney (on Mickey Mouse’s behalf) filed a 171 page opposition with the US patent and trade mark office to the application for the Deadmau5 “mouse ear headwear” trade mark. Disney argued that the Deadmau5 mouse head would cause confusion with Mickey Mouse as they are nearly identical, both having black ears and white eyes.
However the ear to ear battle has been resolved. Disney rumoured to withdraw the opposition with Joel Zimmerman tweeting (22 June 2015) “Tadaaaa!!!! *waves jazzhands*”. Previously he had tweeted “Disney thinks you might confuse an established electronic musician/ performer with a cartoon mouse” (3 September 2014). Lest hope the fat cat doesn’t get them mixed up either!
2nd year Law Student Southampton Solent University