A California woman trademarked the popular phrase “Bye Felicia”, and has filed a lawsuit against many companies who use the phrase on T-Shirts and novelties.
Felicia James said she filed for the trademark in Los Angeles nearly seven years ago, and it was recently approved. “I have used the phrase for business purposes for nearly 15 years,” Felicia James stated. “I was surprised to see the phrase was not owned by anyone, so I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve owned the phrase for commercial purposes for nearly a year now, and have filed lawsuits against 105 different companies.”
James said she sent out over 1,000 cease and desist letters, with many of the companies refusing to comply.
Felicia, who legally owns the phrase, will undoubtedly win each of her 105 lawsuits and could be granted as much as $25 million.
“I plan to file at least 500 more lawsuits in the coming year against entities who refuse to stop using the phrase,” Felicia stated.
The phrase “Bye Felicia” originated from Ice Cube and Chris Tucker’s classic film “Friday.” The movie and phrase are very popular in black culture.