Kylie, Kendall Jenner looking to trademark their names 

Sorry, pop icon Kylie Minogue. Too bad, Nickelodeon star Kendall Schmidt. You’re probably OK, 12th-century Welsh poet Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr — for now.

TMZ broke the news Monday that reality-TV star Kylie Jenner, 17-year-old scion of the houses of Kardashian and Jenner, filed an application last month to trademark her first name.

Sister Kendall Jenner, 19, who dabbles in modeling as well as being professionally famous, also wants to trademark her name “in the fields of entertainment, fashion and pop culture.”

Although trademarking their names would theoretically allow them to sue any name-doppelgängers who could cause confusion in the teeming tabloid market, other reality stars haven’t had much luck with similar attempts. In 2010, “Jersey Show” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi lost her bid to trademark her nickname after a cartoon cat in a children’s book beat her to it.

So Minogue and Schmidt are fine — unless they had any hopes of launching their own odd-couple reality show. According to The Daily Mail, the Jenner sisters are also trying to secure the rights to the phrase “Kendall and Kylie” — although “Kylie and Kendall” is still up for grabs.


It's a name that immediately evokes British royal history: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Monday announced the name they picked for Britain's newborn princess, a choice seen as a tribute to both Prince William's parents and grandmother, the queen, as well as a link to Kate's family.

The princess, the second child of William and Kate, will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials said.

The birth of Princess Charlotte marks a new chapter for William and Kate, widely seen as the monarchy's most modern, popular couple. But the names they chose are firmly rooted in royal family history. Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, appears to be a nod to the newborn's grandfather, Prince Charles. The baby's middle names honor Queen Elizabeth II, the infant's 89-year-old great-grandmother, and the late Princess Diana, William's mother and the baby's grandmother.

Charlotte also features in Kate's family, as the middle name of her sister, Pippa Middleton.

The newborn princess is fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William and her older brother, 21-month-old Prince George.

William and Kate introduced the baby princess to the world Saturday evening, just 12 hours after Kate checked into St. Mary's Hospital in London to give birth. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces (3.7 kilograms).


Singer Joni Mitchell — who startled the world last week after TMZ wrongly reported she was in a coma — is nearly ready to leave the hospital, but needs serious care, The Associated Press reports.

Longtime friend Leslie Morris was named Mitchell’s conservator Monday and must now make decisions regarding long-term medical care for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

No further health updates were provided for Mitchell, 71, who will be honored with an SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday. The SFJAZZ Center gala will include performances by Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin and more. Details available at


Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour was nearly run down by a cyclist Monday while stepping onto the red carpet at the Met Gala. No word on whether the cyclist, who was dragged off by cops, was hoping to crash the exclusive New York bash. ... “Lives of Style” TV host (and former San Francisco Examiner contributor) Elisabeth Laurence — wearing a Carolina Herrera spring 2015 gown, making its West Coast debut — married Dr. Frank Brow on Saturday at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford in a gorgeous ceremony officiated by Willie Brown.


Singer Adele is 27. … Singer Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen is 56. ... Drummer Bill Ward of Black Sabbath is 67.

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Giselle Velazquez

Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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