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'Shahs of Sunset' Producers

Slam FHM Model ...

Mattel Owns 'Barbie', Duh!

12/6/2012 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1203_Niki-Ghazian_getty"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 ...

1206-lilly-ghalichi-getty

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16.

LISA    

Fun fact about the real Barbie DOLL (from answers dot com):


If Barbie were a real person, she would be 6' 0", weigh 100 lbs., and wear a size 4. Her measurements would be 39"/21"/33".


Also, She would not be able to menstruate, hold up her back and neck, would have to crawl on all fours due to her legs and feet, and would have many medical problems.

631 days ago
17.

Wicked Witch    

What a couple of turds.

631 days ago
18.

Majestik    

Um sorry, I'm sure the FHM Model and the Shah of Iran bitch are hoping that they can get "MEDIA ATTENTION" so they both bring viewers into whatever genre they are in. Again, like all REALITY T.V. and these NON MODELS that no one knows about they have to bring attention onto them selves.

631 days ago
19.

Trooper Tom    

Imagine if these bimbo's acted like this in Iran they would be dead or in jail

631 days ago
20.

Julies    

The blonde in the pic looks like the fur freak who LLohan slapped. Really!

631 days ago
21.

nyc44th    

And the dumbing down of America continues . . . selfish TV producers who can't think of anything original or redeeming, trying to line their pockets . . . with more ridiculous vapid reality tv about more shallow, fake LA women desperate and frantic for attention! Just what the world needs!

631 days ago
22.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

She's no Barbie

631 days ago
23.

johnnydanger    

That's some choice stupidity right there.

631 days ago
24.

KnuckleDragger    

Yow! I would so hit that!

631 days ago
25.

Ronni    

So uplifting for young women!

631 days ago
26.

Simone    

They are both Skipper ugly.

631 days ago
27.

Toilethead    

Who the hell is that slut?

631 days ago
28.

Justsay Nohan    

The producers are absolutely correct. Trademarks cannot be cir***vented by simply adding another word. That only works when the other part of the name is such a common word that it simply cannot be trademarked on its own and is not implicitly tied to a specific brand. Otherwise, I would be free to market an electronic device called the "Nohan iPhone" without fear of reprisal from Apple. If the model's name were actually "Barbie" or "Barbara" she MIGHT be able to work around the trademark but since it's not, she's clearly relying on international name recognition associated with Mattel's hottest intellectual property.

630 days ago
29.

kitnplayn    

If her name isn't barbara, then it's a rip off of the "barbie doll shape" to refer to a "Barbie". You fekin morons.

630 days ago
30.

just because    

first of all none of them bitches are that good. since when does being a stuck up prissy persian make you a plastic doll? stop feeding their ego. they already have enough air in their head.

630 days ago
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