Yoko Ono Forces John Lemon to Rebrand

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Andrew Rapacke
Andrew Rapacke is a registered patent attorney and serves as Managing Partner at The Rapacke Law Group, a full service intellectual property law firm.

John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, successfully forced a European drink company to rebrand its “John Lemon” beverages.

Ono has been actively involved in protecting the intellectual property left in her control as part of the late Beetle’s estate, filing trademarks on Lennon’s name and signature as early as 1987. After learning about the John Lemon drink, Ono filed a trademark infringement suit against the company, which quickly settled the case to avoid possible repercussions of losing a drawn-out legal battle.

Although the John Lemon name was trademarked in 2014 and had been selling for five years, the company will be rebranding to an agreed upon alternative, “On Lemon,” and was given a limited time until the end of October to sell any remaining John Lemon products.


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