‘Shahs of Sunset’ Producers
Slam FHM Model …
Mattel Owns ‘Barbie’, Duh!
“Shahs of Sunset” producers want to school an FHM model on the law — telling her she has no right to sue over her handle “Persian Barbie” … because Mattel trademarked the name a looong time ago!!
TMZ broke the story … Persian model Niki Ghazian (above) accused the reality TV show of illegally using her self-proclaimed moniker, “Persian Barbie” … for new cast member Lilly Ghalichi.
Now Berne Productions — a subsidiary of Ryan Seacrest Prod. — is responding to Niki’s cease and desist letter with its own docs claiming she has no stake to the Barbie trademark.
Berne argues the term “Barbie” is 100% owned by Mattel — and adds, “Any claim that Ms. Ghazian has acquired any property rights to a term that is a basic derivative of “Barbie” (i.e. “Persian Barbie”) is unsound and not defensible.” Aka … go kick rocks, Ms. Ghazian.
Berne also claims ‘Shahs’ isn’t violating Mattel’s trademark because “Persian Barbie” is merely descriptive of Lilly’s rockin’ bod.
Exhibit A …