Supernova settles lawsuit against Rock Star: Supernova

After a judge ordered the CBS-created Supernova to change its name, the original group has dropped its legal challenge. The Lukas Rossi-fronted group will forever be known as Rock Star Supernova.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Esq., “The settlement announced Thursday allows the band Supernova to retain rights to the name while the reality show group can perform and record under the name Rock Star Supernova.” In addition, “it appears the two sides have hashed out an agreement over registration applications for the name Supernova filed by both sides in March with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.”

About the patent, Mark Burnett’s attorney Gary Hecker said, “The federal trademark applications (filed by Mark Burnett Prods.) for the trademark ‘Supernova’ alone and for ‘Rock Star Supernova’ will not change.”

The news of the settlement also reveals part of Mark Burnett Productions’ defense. “Burnett’s team responded by alleging that the O.C. band had abandoned the mark because, in part, it broke up in the ’90s,” the paper reports.

Attorney Hecker added, “The case didn’t affect the series at all and it doesn’t affect the band at all because we’re still going to use Supernova in our name.” And the name of the television show upon which the group was formed. Don’t forget that part, because that’s the part that will make people laugh.

‘Supernova’ Trademark Dispute Settles [The Hollywood Reporter, Esq.]

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