Remember Rap Snacks? Well looks like they have found themselves in some hot water with Mattel INC over the name of the Nicki Minaj themed potato chips.
According to Rueters Mattel Inc sued the maker of Rap Snacks in Los Angeles federal court Thursday, alleging its Nicki Minaj-branded “Barbie-Que Honey Truffle” potato chips violate Mattel’s trademark rights in the famous Barbie doll.
Mattel said it never gave Rap Snacks Inc permission to use its trademarks. The toy maker asked the court for an order blocking Rap Snacks from using the “Barbie” name, as well as money damages including profits from “Barbie-Que” sales.
“The association is so evident that upon seeing the packaging, representatives for Defendant’s celebrity partner queried whether Rap Snacks had obtained permission from Mattel,” the complaint reads. “Indeed, Rap Snacks never requested or received any such permission.”
— Aaron Moss (@copyrightlately) August 13, 2022
Mattel also said it sells its own snack foods under the “Barbie” name, which increases the risk of confusion.
The company said Rap Snacks refused to stop using the name or “correct the misimpressions it foisted on the public,” and that it sued “as a last resort.”
They should have known better, but we will see what happens in court.