Mutya Buena Wins "Limited Rights" To Sugababes Name
However, the girl group will not have to change their title...
The 26-year old - who left the band in 2005 to pursue a solo career - confirmed the news, writing on her Jade Ewen - will not be forced to change their group name as Mutya has only won the rights to the name for a number of products.
According to the EU Trademark website, Buena now owns Sugababes rights to "paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; namely stationery, paper gift wrap and paper gift wrapping ribbons".
A spokesperson for Heidi, Amelle and Jade has since confirmed that the girls won't be changing their name, telling fans it's "business as usual" for the Sugababes.
The rep stated: "Over 4 months ago it was officially confirmed by the European Trade Marks Department that Sugababes were successful in claiming their ongoing right to use the name "Sugababes" for all areas of commercial activity that the band requires, namely within the music, sound recording and entertainment industry, as well as being granted extensive rights to produce a wide range of merchandise."
They added that Mutya's ownership of the name "currently holds no commercial interest for the band and, accordingly, the band has no immediate plans to challenge Ms. Buena for these rights."