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Oprah Winfrey has been slapped with a trademark infringement lawsuit over her use of the catchphrase, “Own Your Power”.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in a New Jersey federal court, Simone Kelly-Brown (CEO of Own Your Power Communications, Inc.) claims her company has been around since 1996 … providing “a personal brand of self-awareness and motivational communication services.”

According to the trademark infringement suit … Kelly-Brown claims all the trouble started with the October 2010 issue of Oprah’s magazine, which included the headline “Own Your Power.”

Simone Kelly-Brown insists she came up with the acronym OYP, or Own Your Power.

Kelly-Brown also claims to have registered to obtain exclusive ownership of the motivational slogan at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Winfrey is being sued for unspecified damages.

A spokesperson for Harpo Productions says, “Harpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made.”

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