Rapper/actor Ludacris, a/k/a Christopher B. Bridges, has filed a lawsuit against a Texas couple who own a business called Disturb the Peace, claiming it infringes on his “Disturbing tha Peace” trademark. Disturbing Tha Peace Records, is Ludacris’ record label (and a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group), which he owns with two partners.
Disturb the Peace, an audio equipment and musical recording business originally filed for a trademark in 1988. USPTO records show the trademark was cancelled in 2004.
Ludacris’ trademark application for Disturbing tha Peace was originally filed back in 2002 (see the record below from the Corsearch platform). Now he’s asking the court to stop the owners of Disturb the Peace from using the name, along with damages and attorneys’ fees.
Do you see a likelihood of confusion between the two company names?