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Gaga sues company using her name

DESIGNING WOMAN: Lady Gaga has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against Excite Worldwide, a Chicago company with a line of jewelry and cosmetics called “Lady Gaga by Design,” which she has nothing to do with, the N.Y. Daily News reports. She wants the company to loosen its grip on a pair of “frivolous” trademark applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which she says are blocking her own marketing efforts. Gaga has a series of trademark applications pending for products that include Lady Gaga candles, key chains, bags, towels, lanyards, tattoos, wigs and ornaments. (9/29a)