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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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31.

just because    

plus barbie is blonde. and they are both brunettes

498 days ago
32.

Bri    

Lol

498 days ago
33.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

I would argue that the way Barbie is frequently used to refer to an attractive female who supposedly epitomizes the essence of femininity ( Nikki Minaj as black Barbie) has rendered it generic ( don't let Mattel catch me saying that!). As such "Persian Barbie" is merely a descriptive phrase this woman, who looks horrid as a blonde btw, would be hard pressed to claim TM rights in anything that is either generic or merely descriptive.

498 days ago
34.

Michelle     

Ugly broad! Yuck!!! Get dermabrasion for your orange skin and for the love of god, a nose job!

498 days ago
35.

joe bob    

Can they change the title of this show to "Sand N*****s With No Class! Who cares what these dirty middle eastern s***bags are doing. They need to go back to the desert, wear a turbin and ride a camel. Middle easterners smell like camels!!!!!!!!

498 days ago
36.

margo ducane    

Lets call it what it realy is.........IRANIAN Muslims pretending they are NOT Iranian's. This trash should not be on American TV.............shameful

498 days ago
37.

Kelly    

She isn't even pretty. Why she thinks she looks like a barbie is beyond me. The only similarity I see is the course blonde hair.

498 days ago
38.

jessyfish1    

She's no Barbie anyways..... so.....

498 days ago
39.

Shaunie    

What's wrong with her eyes? Who the heck is she looking at? Doesn't matter because no ones looking back

498 days ago
40.

feelicks    

when did they make fugly barbie and dirty knees barbie, just sayin'

498 days ago
41.

LOVEJAC23    

Gross.

498 days ago
42.

Saba    

As a persian girl i am embarrassed having to read about these two neither of you should insult us persian girls by calling your self persian barbie

498 days ago
43.

NoseySOB    

Who?

498 days ago
44.

punkt    

Niki WHO???? She wishes she looekd like a barbie. Her bleached hair looks NASTY!!! Can't she afford a decent stylist? She wishes she looked like Lilly Ghalichi. Lilly is beautiful!!

498 days ago
45.

GabyO    

Ok looking for a camel jokey...but that schoz does not help. She'll probably shave it down soon. Plus there are better looking chicks in Pasadena.

498 days ago
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