According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s trademark application for “Johnny Football” was suspended on Tuesday.
Johnny Manziel’s trademark application for “Johnny Football” was suspended today by the US Patent & Trademark Office. Details coming.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 1, 2014
As soon as we find out more information, we’ll post an update.
Update: Rovell further explained in an early morning article why Maniziel’s trademark was suspended.
An examining attorney in the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office sent a letter to Manziel’s attorney earlier in the day, stating that he was suspending the trademark application filed by Manziel’s corporation, JMAN2 Enterprises LLC, until an earlier application for the trademark “Johnny Football” is either abandoned or registered.
It sounds like someone else is trying to get the trademark before Manziel himself could.
Manziel filed for the trademark on Feb. 2, 2013, three months after an organization called Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments, which is based in College Station, Texas — the same city that calls A&M home — filed for the trademark.
Manziel’s team filed a letter of protest, suggesting that the previous filing can’t be trademarked because it refers to Manziel and therefore requires his consent. The trademark filing specfically seeks to use “Johnny Football” on jerseys and footballs.
Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments has until Feb. 16 to answer why the nickname doesn’t refer to Manziel. Failure to answer by that time will result in a refused registration and Manziel’s trademark filing would then likely be further examined.
Manziel’s “Johnny Football” trademark filing seeks to protect his use of the phrase on everything from jackets to padded elbow compression sleeves, from skirts and blouses to motivational speaking services.