Singer, songwriter Chubby Checker, famous for his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist," gained some additional and unwanted notoriety beginning in 2006 when the Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) “used his trademarked name ‘Chubby Checker’ on a software app that purports to measure a man's genitals.”
On August 16, Reuters reported that the R&B legend can sue HP for trademark infringement thanks to an Aug. 15 court ruling.
… U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that Ernest Evans - known professionally as Chubby Checker - can move forward with trademark infringement claims against HP and its Palm unit.
HP spokesman Michael Thacker on Friday said the app was not created by HP or Palm. "It was removed in September 2012 and is no longer on any Palm or HP hosted website," Thacker said.
There was an app for that. Beginning in 2006, HP began selling “The Chubby Checker," which would use a customer’s shoe size to aid in estimating the size of a man’s genitalia.
In Judge Alsup’s court ruling, the judge wrote that "the name 'Chubby Checker' is thus used as a vulgar pun."
Chubby Checker, the singer, sued HP earlier this year for infringing upon his trademarked name. Alsup’s ruling has paved the way for the singer to move forward with his lawsuit against HP.
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Chubby Checker’s “The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958. Chubby also has the honor of popularizing the “Limbo Rock” and its trademark limbo dance.
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