Katy Perry is at the center of a new lawsuit, and it all has to do with makeup. Hard Candy is suing CoverGirl parent company Procter & Gamble for allegedly infringing on its trademark design.
Perry’s line with CoverGirl only launched a few months ago, in April, under the name “CoverGirl Katy Kat Collection.” It includes two lipsticks and 13 mascaras. At issue, though, is the logo.
All of the products are branded with Perry’s name, followed by a heart symbol, and then the CoverGirl name. Hard Candy’s logo design is strikingly similar. It features a heart symbol separating “Hard” and “Candy.” Both also use all-caps text.
In the suit, Hard Candy points out that its brand has been trademarked for more than 10 years. The company now wants Perry’s collection pulled from stores, and is also seeking a share of the profits made since the launch, according to TMZ. Perry herself is not named as one of the defendants.
Speaking with Vogue about the collection, the singer said earlier this year, “I wanted to push the envelope with CoverGirl. You know, a black lipstick or a blue mascara is very Tumblr — I told them, this is what’s happening online, this is what everyone’s Instagramming.” Nothing was said about the logo, although the magazine noted, “The soft white packaging, too, was Perry’s personal choice.”
Gossip Cop has reached out for comment. Perry is pictured above at the makeup line’s launch event. See photos of the two competing logos below.