I will make two charges in this article. The first one—and this one is serious—talks to the professionalism of Branca, and his severe neglect of Michael’s trademarks that has lead to the growing intellectual property disputes that now encumber his executor-ship. Branca was never a low level advisor, and his name is on the formation of some of Jackson’s companies (such as MJJ Records established in November 1997). The second one is hardly a charge, more an observation really. It puts a lie to the idea that Michael’s posthumous success had much at all to do with Team Branca. That is, an eight cylinder car running on six cylinders feels like a real break when we have been expectantly sitting on the side of the road for that next concert. And all this while Michael’s various handlers kept him uninformed and robbed him blind.

1. Michael’s Trademarks Abandoned on John Branca’s Second Watch According to a suit that Joe Jackson bought to the courts, and which remained unexamined due to JJ’s standing as a non-Beneficiary (click here),

Joe Jackson Shut Down 11/10/2009 8:04 PM PT



Branca was caught in the cookie jar (click here)

Joe Jackson Guns For Branca, McClain 11/9/2009 10:25 PM PT

and Michael Jackson fired him [article deleted, posted here]

Jacko Fires Longtime Lawyer, Adviser Thursday, March 06, 2003

There is chaos in the world of Michael Jackson. On Monday he fired his longtime adviser and attorney John Branca. By fax, of all things.

Branca has represented Jackson on and off since 1980 and is considered, with Frank DiLeo, one of the architects of the Thriller phenomenon back in 1983-84.

Replacing Branca is a combination of interesting people, starting with Las Vegas attorney David LeGrande.

LeGrande also represents F. Marc Schaffel, the controversial filmmaker whom Jackson used to sell his outtakes video to Fox Television last month. Schaffel has come under fire for being linked to gay pornography. But he has been involved with Jackson since October 2001, when he helped put together the charity video What More Can I Give. [side-note Michael fired Schaffel]

Yesterday I told you that neither Branca nor Trudy Green had any idea that Michael had made the deal with Martin Bashir and Granada Television for the documentary that rocked his world. Branca had been negotiating with Sony, according to sources, for Jackson’s at least-temporary return to Sony Music following Tommy Mottola’s ouster in January.

Jackson has two projects left at Sony, a greatest-hits package and a box set, each of which is supposed to contain two new songs. Branca also made a deal with CBS-TV for a new special (first reported here several months ago).

If Jackson delivered the new songs, promoted the albums and did the special, Sony would give him back the masters to his best-selling albums within a decade.

What’s next? Who knows. But sources close to the scene are concerned that Jackson has now ceded control of what’s left of his empire to an uncertain group of advisors.


March 3, 2003). And all this less than a month after reporter Martin Bashir did his hatchet job on Michael (click here pg 5, USA release date February 6, 2003).

Years earlier, while still part of Jackson’s management team, John Branca et al had simply abandoned boat loads of Jackson trademarks. Now Branca might want us to believe that he was not part of yesterday’s mess, and that the abandoning of trademarks (trademarks being a critical component of superstar’s merchandising) happened on someone else’s shift.

However, John Branca was rehired in 1993, after being fired three years earlier (click here pg.2).[<<now changed] Between November 1993 and November 1995 about 90 percent Jackson’s trademarks or some 175 Jackson trademarks were abandoned by Jackson’s IP company Triumph International Inc.


This happened on John Branca’s watch. Since it’s unlikely that John Branca was fired within the two or three years following his 1993 rehiring, Branca is therefore also responsible for not staying on top of Jackson’s abandoned trademarks, or just as bad, not pushing to get them re-registered during the eight years after their abandonment, when he served in the role of Jackson’s advisor, entertainment law and Sony/ATV board rep (click here). See list of trademarks lost below.

These trademarks are critical and include some of the following names: “Michael Jackson” (multiple categories), “MJ” (multiple categories), “Dangerous” (multiple categories) and “Neverland Valley” (multiple categories).


Now John Branca as a Jackson Estate executor is suing Heal the World Foundation for some of the trademarks he helped lose and never fought to reinstate during his lengthy time as Jackson’s advisor. And now that he is co-captain of Jackson’s estate, he wishes to make sure Jackson’s brand is now properly commercialized when he stands to gain a much larger slice of Jackson’s wealth (click here) for doing so?? It’s a travesty.

But just to make sure that I convince you that I’m not simply blowing smoke between you cheeks on an outlandish claim, let me provide you with the tools to do you own research.

At the US Patent and Trademark Office, Michael’s abandoned trademarks can be found.

Cut and paste this URL into you browser

followed by any of the 175 trademark serial numbers I list below. You will then been taken to a page on the US governments own site, that verifies what I just shared with you.

For example, the URL and first serial number would be placed in your browser as follows:

175 Michael Trademark’s Abandoned on John Branca’s Watch


74389422 74389423 74389582 74389584 74528192 74520967 74398858 74398864 74398869 74399332 74398854 74398859 74398860 74398861 74398862 74520954 74398870 74398855 74398856 74520865 74520966 74138783 74399350 74389585 74399176 74399328 74399329 74399331 74399742 74398172 74117955 74117960 74146516 74146517 74138786 74138788 74138792 74384040 74146512 74384033 74398173 74398867 74138784 74384026 74384044 74384028 74384045 74384049 74384050 74138779 74384027 74384043 74398175 74146515 74399741 74389583 74398176 74346548 74398171 74138789 74138793 74138794 74138798 74138799 74384029 74384031 74384046 74384047 74399326 74117952 74138782 74138787 74384034 74384048 74384042 74138795 74117953 74138780 74138800 74384030 74384035 74384037 74384038 74384039 74384041 74138790 74384032 74384036 74117958 74117959 74138791 74138796 74117956 74117961 74118041 74138785 74117962 74117963 74186145 74117951 73607356 74138781 74357475 73607343 73607344 73607354 73607379 73607351 73607353 73607355 73607358 73607381 73607382 73607384 73607386 73607352 73607357 73607359 73607391 73607364 73607366 73607368 73607387 73607388 73607395 73607365 73607369 73607374 73607361 73607377 73607376 73607394 73607342 73607345 73607363 73607380 73607412 73607373 73607341 73607346 73607347 73607372 73607383 73607404 73607339 73607348 73607350 73607367 73607370 73607409 73607417 73607340 73607349 73607362 73607375 73607378 73607389 73607390 73607392 73607405 73607406 73607407 73607408 73607410 73607411 73607413 73607414 73607416 74398863 74399330 74399333 74420808 74398857 74398866 74398868

John Branca didn’t even care about trying to get the Thriller trademark registered, despite having additional incentive to do so (i.e. his much-touted common legacy with Jackson), and, as was mentioned earlier, the years of high-end representation throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s. And so now because of his negligence, a legitimate company has confiscated the Thriller trademark registering it under category 028 for toys and games (click here).

Branca’s previous neglect has cost Michael’s estate many millions of dollars in lost Halloween and related revenues.

In dollar terms, how then is Branca that much different from the hoard of other handlers that mismanaged Michael?

2. Undue Credit: Jackson Estate’s Success a Shoe In

After it was announced that Jackson would appear on stage once again, us fans started to salivate. Once tickets for his This Is It concert series went on sale just months before Jackson’s death, they were sold out in an instant. This surprised many who had viewed Michael as a washed up star.


As you all know, after Michael’s death, footage from his concert rehearsals was sown together into a film called This Is It. Supporters were not ready for closure and sales of anything Jackson went through the roof. Reportedly, coming on board eight days before Jackson’s death, his freshly-appointed and eventually confirmed executors cashed in on the angst. A ton of money was made and people credited the men at the helm as responsible for reversing Jackson’s financial woes.


But these caretakers, for all our desire to label them heroes, just were in the right place at the right time, to take advantage of the enduring love affair that us Jackson supporters have never ever being able to fully put to rest. But why push away unearned praise when its given? It is true that Jackson was mismanaged before his death (click here fwd video to 7:17 minutes), but, again, pre – death and pre – executor ticket sales show that even a mediocre financial manager could have put Jackson’s legacy into orbit.

So just because former handlers took all the marbles for themselves and decimated much of Jackson’s fortune while giving nothing back, team Branca know how to capitalized on a superstars death (click here article about riding a wave), leaving hundreds of millions in the pot. This way the tens of millions of the executors skim off the top will not appear to others to be too over the top (click here). I think Marlon Brando’s alter ego would be proud of the executor’s long view.

And finally, someone has to pay for Branca’s 25-room mansion’s bills, the Italian artifacts alone require museum-style a/c control. Same amount of rooms as the Neverland mansion. But that’s okay since even Mufusa needed a Scar to succeed him, to protect Jackson’s kingdom from hyenas.



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