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Skywalker Passport: Britain Rejects Request Over Trademarked Name

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A large sign hangs over the entrance of the passport office on June 12, 2014 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 07:32 PM

A passport application by a woman who added Skywalker as her middle name was rejected in England because of trademark concerns.

According to the BBC, Laura Matthews became Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews in 2008 after joking about it with friends, and her new signature “L. Skywalker” is included on documents such as her driver’s license and bank cards. But England’s Home Office "will not recognize a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark," a spokesperson told the BBC.

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"We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the U.K. passport is not called into question or disrepute," the spokesperson added.

Earlier this month, The Mirror reported that a 34-year-old man who changed his name from Dominic Kimberley to Han Solo also couldn’t get a passport.

Twitter users seemed incredulous.









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