Sugababes fight for name
The Sugababes - Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen - and their record company have started legal proceedings against former band member Mutya Buena over the use of the band name
The Sugababes have started legal proceedings against former band member Mutya Buena over the use of the name.
The pop trio - Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen - and their label Island Records have filed a notice of opposition against group founder Mutya's application to gain the rights to the name, which was logged in March with the European Trademarks Authority.
In a letter to the agency, Island Records stated that because of the "similarity of the goods and services" provided by the Mutya "there is a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public".
All parties will now have to wait until a decision has been reached.
If Mutya's application is ultimately successful she would have the rights to use the Sugababes band name to sell a variety of products, including CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and books.
Mutya, 24, founded the Sugababes with school friends Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy in 1998, but quit in 2005 to pursue a solo career.
Heidi replaced Siobhan in 2001, while Keisha left in September 2009 and Jade took her place.
Heidi previously claimed she and the current line-up would have no problem keeping the name because their record company owns the rights.
She said: "Our record company owns the name so there are no conversations about who owns the name. I signed with Mutya and Keisha years ago, so we've still got the name."