Once upon a time, a dance music phenomenon named Joel Zimmerman, far better known by his stage name, Deadmau5 (pronounced “Dead Mouse”), began wearing a giant mouse mask over his head and became an electronica mega-star. The mouse mask has giant ears, big, convex eyes, and what can be only be described as a devilish grin. Under the rodential disguise is a head for business; Deadmau5′s company, Ronica Holdings Ltd., obtained a trademark registration for a three-quarter portrait of the mouse mask on August 24, 2010. The registration for the three-quarter portrait, which appears to the right, covers numerous goods and services in Classes 9, 16, 25 and 41.

On June 28, 2013, Ronica Holdings filed a second, somewhat different trademark application related to the mouse mask, again covering numerous goods in a variety of classes, including 9, 16, 25 and 41. This time, the mouse mask appears to be tilted upward and the drawing depicts a full, front “face” view:

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Disney Enterprises, Inc. has now pounced on the second mouse mask application, obtaining an extension of time to oppose until July 2, 2014, citing a need to investigate its claims and confer with counsel. For comparison, below is one of Disney’s mouse head logo marks (registered in Classes 18, 25 and others):

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Is it possible that the folks at Disney only whistled while they worked and were blissfully unaware of electronica – and Deadmau5′s mousy countenance – until the recent publication of the second trademark application? It is “inconceivable”! In 2012, Disney released “Re-Micks,” a short film compilation of vintage Mickey Mouse cartoons, set to the tones of … “Ghosts ‘n Stuff,” a Deadmau5 song. This certainly adds some spice to the ratatouille.

The End?  Not quite.