In 2014, Kylie Jenner filed for the “Kylie” trademark. At the time, Kylie Minogue had been performing by her first name for years, and she rejected the claim by filing an opposition.
Minogue prevailed in that legal battle after selling more than 65 million albums and winning Brit Awards and Grammys. Years later, she is discussing the battle on the latest episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“It was, just business obviously,” Minogue said. “When I was named Kylie, I think I had met one person older than me who was called Kylie. I’ve spent a lifetime protecting my brand and building my brand, so it was just something that had to be done. We came to an agreement.”
When Minogue filed an opposition to keep Jenner from acquiring the trademark, her legal team described Jenner as a “secondary reality television personality” who appeared as “a supporting character” on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Minogue made it clear those words weren’t from her. In a 2018 Rolling Stone article she said, “Can you imagine me saying that?! That was just unfortunate that that is how those lawyers speak. So, I genuinely hope that it’s understood: That certainly did not come from me. Good news is, that’s all wrapped up, we didn’t have to go to court. That’s all done. And I’m sure I’ll meet them one day.”