I.Protect: Charlie Brown-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Clint Fabiosa & Ana Liza Villamor
MUNSINGWEAR obtained a trademark registration for “CHARLIE BROWN” for T-shirts. United Feature Syndicate filed a case for the cancelation of the said trademark registration arguing that: 1) Munsingwear was not entitled to the registration of the mark “CHARLIE BROWN;” 2) that “CHARLIE BROWN” is a character creation or a pictorial illustration, the copyright to which is exclusively owned worldwide by United Feature Syndicate; and 3) that as the owner of the pictorial illustration “CHARLIE BROWN,” it has since 1950 and continuously up to the present, used and reproduced the same to the exclusion of others. The Supreme Court ruled that the name “CHARLIE BROWN” and its pictorial representation were covered by a copyright registration in favor of United Features Syndicate way back in 1950 and the same are entitled to protection under PD No. 49 (the Copyright Law then). Aside from its copyright registration, United Features Syndicate is also the owner of several trademark registrations and application for the name and likeness of “CHARLIE BROWN” which is the duly registered trademark and copyright of United Feature Syndicate as early as 1957 and additionally also as TV SPECIALS featuring the “PEANUTS” character “CHARLIE BROWN.” (UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC. vs. MUNSINGWEAR CREATION MANUFACTURING COMPANY, (G.R. No. 76193 Nov. 9, 1989)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2013.