NEWS
06/26/2014 09:21 EDT | Updated 08/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Popsicle giant threatens Kelowna Starsicle maker

Popsicle giant Unilever has set its sights on Kelowna's Rain Shields and her gourmet ice pop treat, the Starsicle.

The company holds the trademark for Popsicle and the rest of the 'SICLE' family including Fudgsicle, and Creamsicle, but Shields has been selling her Starsicles in the Okanagan and Kootenays for the last four years.

Two years ago when she applied to trademark the name in Canada and the U.S., the trouble began. A letter from Unilever arrived telling Shields to immediately stop using the word Starsicle.

"I was terrified," she said. "Like it scared the Popsicle pants right off me. Because I was just like, these people are massive."

In the letter, Unilever warns that its "famous family" of 'SICLE' trademarks is federally registered and "the result of enormous investments of time, money and other resources over the years to maintain its highly regarded image and control over the quality of its goods."

Unilever threatens legal action

Unilever is threatening legal action if Shields doesn't destroy all the packaging and marketing materials, but Shields is fighting back the only way she knows how — in the court of public opinion with a video and a protest song.

"We need to fight and we need to call on the people to help us," said Shields. "We have written a song because in our little world songs are like swords. You can use them for good."

She's hoping people flock to her side and that the public pressure will force the company to back down.  Shields has launched a website, Planet Bennu chronicling her fight.

Unilever has not yet responded to a request for comment.

On mobile? Click here to view a video of the Starsicle movie

On mobile? Click here to view the legal documents from Unilever