“Cockygate” hearing transcript released
A transcript of today's court hearing regarding a trademark of the word "cocky" has been released.
You can download the transcript here.
Author Courtney Milan purchased the transcript. To those who offered financial support, she suggested buying books from the authors who have been directly impacted, by having to retitle works, instead. But if you want to thank Courtney, you can purchase one of her books at Amazon here.
The hearing focused on a romance author's request for a temporary restraining order to halt publication of several books using the word "cocky" in the title. U request was denied today.
Faleena Hopkins had applied for a trademark for a "series of romance novels" containing the word "cocky" and sued after fellow author Tara Crescent refused to retitle her books. Crescent has at least two books with "cocky" in the title.
Hopkins also sued author Kevin Kneupper, who has challenged Hopkins' trademark application, and Jennifer Watson, a book marketer who helped promote "Cocktales," an anthology intended to raise money for authors involved in trademark disputes.
The judge removed Kneupper from the lawsuit in today's ruling, which does not have any impact on his challenge of Hopkins' trademark application. The process is expected to take 12 to 18 months to be resolved.
Milan, who writes historical romance, is a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller and a RITA winner.