SSI is petitioning for the cancellation of about 25
Pooh-related names registered by Disney since 1996, according to wire reports,
claiming that Disney "was not the owner of the registered marks at the
time that these filings were made.”
Disney has moved to block the petition, according to an SEC
filing, claiming it duplicates SSI’s request from an ongoing lawsuit between
the two companies. Disney spokesman Jonathan Friedland told the AP: "This
is by no means anything more than the ‘same old, same old,’" he said.
The legal battle goes back to 1991, when SSI, named after
the literary agent who bought the merchandising and other rights to Winnie the
Pooh from Milne in the 1930s, filed suit against Disney.