A Black-owned beauty and skincare organization hit Kim Kardashian West with a cease and desist above her attempt to trademark “SKKN” for her new beauty line.
Kardashian West’s Kimsaprincess Inc. submitted to trademark “SKKN” for her upcoming line “Skkn by Kim” pores and skin care and magnificence line. “Skkn by Kim” was reportedly slated to possibly present haircare, make-up and other goods that cater to elegance. Nevertheless, a Black-owned company named SKKN+ has issued a stop and desist letter to Kardashian West’s lawful staff, saying to have legal rights around the name and its use.
SKKN+, which presents salon and pores and skin treatment expert services, is owned by 28-calendar year-previous entrepreneur and aesthetician Cydnie Lunsford, who submitted the cease and desist less than her company, Elegance Concepts LLC. In the letter, Lunsford’s lawyers are contacting for Kardashian West to cease employing the SKKN title. In addition, Lunsford’s lawful team stated Lunsford has been making use of the name SKKN+ since July 2017.
In an e-mail to Forbes, Lunsford highlighted the historical past go SKKN+, mentioning the business was recognized in July 2018. Lunsford stated her brand name SKKN+ is the outcome of her “deep motivation and appreciation for the body aesthetic.”
“I have painstakingly crafted my thriving little enterprise with my personal sweat equity, hard operate, and exploration. It can be crystal clear that I proven my brand initially,” claimed Lunsford in the electronic mail to Forbes. “As a youthful black girl, my mission with SKKN+ is to present good quality skincare and curated whole body encounters to enhance just about every client’s self-treatment routine. The (+) signifies a arms-on transformative aesthetic encounter that elevates the system, intellect, and spirit.”
Lunsford’s lawyer Erik M. Pelton questioned Kardashian’s shift to trademark the identify, indicating: “It is tough to believe that that Kardashian’s group either did not know about the prior use of SKKN+ or understood and adopted the SKKN brand name title anyways to steamroll a smaller minority company.”
“Ms. Lunsford founded her business in 2018 and previously this 12 months, filed an software (Serial No. 90608147) to secure the SKKN+ model identify in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Business prior to any U.S. trademark filings by Kim Kardashian’s small business. We contacted her legal professionals as quickly as doable immediately after studying about the start in search of to safeguard my client’s model, demanding that they stop ideas to launch the SKKN manufacturer,” said Pelton.
Kardashian has nevertheless to respond to the stop and desist, according to reviews.