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Neverland Owners Make Trademark Move

9/10/2009 2:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The company that owns Neverland Ranch hasn't gotten permission to turn Michael Jackson's old stomping grounds into a tourist attraction -- but they just filed a bunch of trademarks with the U.S. Patent Office just in case they do.

Neverland Owners Make Trademark Move

We just got our hands on trademark applications filed by the Sycamore Valley Ranch Company -- a company started by Colony Capital and Michael Jackson -- who is attempting to lock down the following names to use with the property: Neverland Ranch, Neverland Valley, Neverland Valley Ranch, and Neverland.

Sycamore also filed paperwork requesting to use the four Neverland names on several products and services including:

1) "Museum services - namely opening a museum in Michael Jackson's former home and providing tours ... providing theme park services."

2) Printed material (post cards, greeting cards, bags, non-fiction books about Michael Jackson, etc.)

3) Games and playthings (toys, dolls, roller skates, toy rockets, board games, playing cards, etc.)

4) For "providing facilities for business meetings and conferences ... retail and online retail store services ... mail order catalog services in the field of novelty, gift, and souvenir items"

5) Clothing, footwear, headgear

But don't get too excited yet -- we spoke with several members of the Jackson family who claim they were never asked permission by SVRC. In fact, Joe Jackson made it very clear, "Colony Capital cannot do this without our permission."

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91.

Think About It... You Be the Judge    

Katherine, do you realize the damage you and your family are doing. Your greediness and exposure of Michael's personal life has done nothing but hurt Michael. The power is not your's or your family's right to control. Michael made it quite clear how he wanted his Estate divided and how to distribute his wealth.

It states in his Will, if anyone contests his wishes, they are to be excluded from the Will and Trust. The attorney's for the Estate should start legal action to have Katherine remove on the grounds of fraud. She has allowed her grown children to profit off Michael to make the Almighty Dollar.

It's time for your children to be responsible adults and get employment to care for their own families. I'm surprised the Estate would allow all the family to continue to live at the Jackson Compound considering Katherine is the legal guardian and his children should be the legal residents of the property. They need a normal environment. Michael wouldn't have wanted such a circus around his children. Had Michael known that his own Mother wouldn't protect him in death, he wouldn't have left the care in the hands of the Jackson's

Why Michael made the decisions he made only he knows. Katherine allow the abuse in the past and maybe he thought she would respect his children and learn from her mistakes. It sure doesn't appear that they are getting the normal life Michael would have wanted for them.

At this time, we can only hope Debbie is getting the children the necessary help they need to deal with the many obstacles they are now facing. Maybe one day, Debbie will make the move and retain legal rights over her children. The Jackson family have given her enough ammunition to remove the children.

We didn't really hear about the Jackson family before Michael's death except for the problems they were causing him. If they are capable of suing Michael, what does it really say about this family. Michael didn't want to tour with his brothers and I can understand his reasons. Just look at what this family has done in disrespecting their own son and brother. Promote their own career's on the reputation of their deceased brother.
As far as the Charities are concerned, Michael had the one's listed that were important to him. The judge overseeing the court decisions should process the Will the way Michael intended. NOT.. for the benefits of the Jackson's.

The children's attorney will protect their interests but he won't be able to control the Jackson's influence over his children.

They already have Jermaine's influence and it's not healthy. When I saw them arrive at the funeral accompanied by Jermaine's wife, my heart went out to these children.

Michael did a wonderful job with educating them but the control their under now, will only harm them. They should retain the tutor's Michael employed and make sure they are the one's benefiting and not all of the siblings of his brothers and sisters.



All this family is doing now, is destroying what Michael archived. People are getting so sick of seeing what this family is capable of doing, that they will not buy or attend anything to do with Michael if this family is involved.

The property owners of Neverland need to be investigated because of the connection to the Jackson Family. I was just waiting to see what the Jackson's were up too... I think we all have a pretty good idea now.
The property owner's will be hitting the City Counsul on this one. The city didn't want this happening and if anyone can stop it, it would be the vote of the citizens of the community.
Anything for the fast buck off Michael. If they have gone behind everyone's back and buried Michael there, then the city should sue anyone connected.
Joe, keep pulling the puppet stings of Katherine, I would love to see everyone who uses Michael for money, get their just due.
Disgusting human beings.. trying to feed off the deceased.


Thanks Katherine for the love and respect your showing Michael. He trusted you and look what you're doing to his memory.

May Michael Rest In Peace and all his enables' be brought to justice.

These are my opinions only... Think about it.. You be the judge for now.

God will be Judging us all later... Wake up Jackson's.. Change your way.. Heaven doesn't come with a Price tag attached.

1813 days ago
92.

They were in it for the money    

I wish now that Michael put his entire Will to the children only and just gave Katherine her monthly allotment and nothing more. Katherine cannot and never could control those sons. How is it possible that Jermaine can run off and buy a 15 mil condo in florida, but Thome had a hold of 5 millon(and probably more) of Michael's money to save for a 20 mil home in Vegas? I don't believe Thome 1 bit. He has his hand in this opportunity for Neverland, among other things-It will fall flat. True, Disney does hold title to the name Neverland, but at the same time, ABC/Sony is involved with Disney. What a bunch of money hungry leeches. the only reason the family is trying so desperately to find the right charities is because they desperately need that tax write off. What a damned nightmare!

1813 days ago
93.

Cali MJ Fan    

Here's two articles from earlier this week on the same topic. Think Colony Capital will have an uphill battle. Barrack and Tohme should retreat.

Team Branca will take care of them, let's hope!

http://showbiz411.blogs.thr.com/neverland-michael-jackson-jack-colony-capital/

http://showbiz411.blogs.thr.com/neverland-jacko-michael-jackson/

1813 days ago
94.

Marla    

I also want Dr Murray's head on a stick as well as the head of everyone involved in MJ's homicide!!!!!JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL!!!!!!THAT'S WHAT WE REALLY WANT!!!!

1813 days ago
95.

Eve    

Dear TMZ,
Any news on when Dr Murray will be arrested for MJ's death?

Please let us know what's happening.

1813 days ago
96.

Em    

Let's wait and see what the Executors have to say or what they do about this. They're certainly earning their pay untangling this Estate. What a nightmare. And on and on it goes. All we can do is sit back and hope there's a shred of decency in Michael's corner to stop some of the corruption. I actually have faith in "Team Branca". Now, as for the homicide investigation, what's up?

1813 days ago
97.

jean    

A) Joe Jackson & Jermaine need to sit down and let the proffessionals that know how to make money to take care of what Jacko's will states. These 2 along with Latoya will just bankrupt the estate within a year.Less of these two will be best for everyone.Jermaine should be involved in a fatal accident.
B) All the people in line for thier payments from Jacko need to paid first,as they have waited for years as it is.
C) The local people near Nerverland most likely will block turning their neighborhood into a Graceland tourist trap ,swarming with obese people eating junk food and leaving the wrappers on their streets.
D)Charities will not be paid for 4 years atleast.The Jacksons will need to ride around in Rolls Royces until then .The thought of them giving money to anyone outside of their compound will delayed as long as possible by themselves.
E) Vegas is down the tubes, and putting the Neverland junk there would help the economy there. Jacko hated Neverland,so associating his name with it will make the junkie roll in his crypt.They can recreate the place easy enough and fill it with the Jacko crap in storage.

1813 days ago
98.

A.B.    

Actually, it's only four years since Michael Jackson was aquitted of the charges brought on him, still living at Neverland. Four years, not ten or twenty. Then he moved to Bahrain and I suppose from there on his economy went downhill to the point where he risked losing the ranch - which, obviously, he didn't want to do in spite of the bad memories. Then the shady Tohme and Barrack bailed him out more or less, not regaining him full control, but stopping the forclosure.

I think MJ still didn't really know what he would have done with Neverland, had he still owned it. He was aiming for a new home in Vegas. You cannot go back in time and retrieve lost innocence, but maybe the wounds could heal. When Larry King visited Neverland, it didn't feel gloomy or haunted or violated. Police officers come and go, but love prevails.

I'm still not over his death, because it was so unnecessary, and because he still had so much to enjoy and give. Many saw this tragedy coming, but it still could have been avoided. I am angry, but not at one person, although I think Murray should be prosecuted. A person willing to administer propofol in a home should never have been hired in the first place - as nurse Cherlynn (sp) said to Michael: "Someone willing to do this is not concerned about you."

Had he only listened! Or had someone been there to flush the damn propofol, kick Murray's butt and see Michael through that night.

1813 days ago
99.

Saddenend    

I hope the estate shuts them DOWN.

Tom Barrack and Dr. Tohme have blood on their hands.

1813 days ago
100.

Mary Sapp    

Despite MJ's provision in the will, it appears that Mommie Dearest just can't restrain herself from swinging by court every few days to try and get that pesky judge to make an exception, allowing her to contest the will and still get to keep the bucket load of money he left her. Me thinks her Mr. Londell Esq. along with jet-jaw Joe are more than willing to drive her to the courthouse.

Would someone, anyone, please arrest Dr. Murray?

1813 days ago
101.

Creeder    

"OUR permission"??

Sorry Joe. You'll have NOTHING to do with it. Unless, of course, you push Katherine further under your thumb and into the ground. And I hope MJ's lawyers battle you every step of the way.

1813 days ago
102.

Honey    

Eventually Neverland will be an opened to the public. It's too valuable of a business decision not to be. Katherine may have to die first but at some point Neverland will be opened, probably I suspect by his own children. It is the best possible option to keep MJ's memory alive and his estate financially profitable, like Gaceland does for the Presley family.

1813 days ago
103.

anniam    

i think branca and co will sort this out.the judge should sort out the jackson family. but why are the police taking so long in jailing murray and co?

1813 days ago
104.

uhHuh    

somebody needs to tell Mr. JOe Jackson HE HAS NO SAY IN *HIT.
I BET THE PIMPAZZ IS RUBBIN MAMA'S FEET NOW...

1813 days ago
105.

MiMi    

99. I wish now that Michael put his entire Will to the children only and just gave Katherine her monthly allotment and nothing more. Katherine cannot and never could control those sons. How is it possible that Jermaine can run off and buy a 15 mil condo in florida, but Thome had a hold of 5 millon(and probably more) of Michael's money to save for a 20 mil home in Vegas? I don't believe Thome 1 bit. He has his hand in this opportunity for Neverland, among other things-It will fall flat. True, Disney does hold title to the name Neverland, but at the same time, ABC/Sony is involved with Disney. What a bunch of money hungry leeches. the only reason the family is trying so desperately to find the right charities is because they desperately need that tax write off. What a damned nightmare!

Posted at 10:29AM on Sep 10th 2009 by Bubba


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I agree with you Bubba.

Why did Michael leave so much to his Mother? A mear 40% between three children does not seem fair.

Oh I forgot, he had about a zillion other relatives, including his brothers, that he was supporting before his death.

1813 days ago
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