A Jewish comic from the UK is facing a legal battle after his application to trademark his Rampant Rabbi vibrator rubbed a nationwide chain of adult stores the wrong way.
The Ann Summers chain is arguing that Shed Simove’s moniker for his rabbi-shaped sex toy bears too much resemblance to its Rampant Rabbit line of vibrators, and the two could be too easily confused, the New York Daily News reported.
Ann Summers registered its opposition with the British Intellectual Property Office on October 7, according to a copy of the notice of opposition Shed posted on his website. However, Simove said he is hopeful for a mutually beneficial compromise and possibly even a partnership.
“The dream outcome would be that the talented team at Ann Summers now see how well my Rampant Rabbi has turned out and ask to stock it in their stores next to their ‘Rampant Rabbits’ – that’d be amazing,” he said in the post.
“Rampant Rabbi” comes with the tagline “Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!” and claims to offer “the modern Jewish woman a religious experience,” according to the report.
Simove was a bit evasive when asked if the product could offend Jews.
“I am Jewish and a fan of laughing at one’s culture,” he told New York Daily News.
In other interesting career moves, the Oxford-educated Simove changed his name to God, wrote a 200-page book called “What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex” whose pages were all blank, and created the Control-A-Woman remote control novelty item.