This combo image shows first lady Michelle Obama as she arrives at the Inaugural Ball in Washington on Jan. 21, 2009, left, and Jan. 21, 2013, right. Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inaugural balls. The ruby-colored dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press. (AP Photos/Jacquelyn Martin, Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Monday, January 21, 2013 10:34 pm
Michelle gown designer snubbed in native Taiwan
The Associated Press
Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court ruled Monday that Wu's new label "Miss Wu" could not be registered as a brand because it was not distinctive enough.
Wu is one of only several dozen Chinese surnames and the court upheld a government trade mark agency decision that "Miss Wu" was too generic, despite Wu's claim that it conjured up the hoot of an owl, depicted on its logo.
He designed Michelle Obama's white inaugural gown in 2008. On Monday, she appeared in another of his creations, a shiny gown with a red halter top.
Wu was born in Taiwan before moving to Canada at 9.