The U.S. Patent Trademark office has rejected Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments request to trademark “Johnny Football” because it is referring to an individual.
On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent a letter to Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments, which had filed for the “Johnny Football” trademark before Manziel, rejecting its claim that the phrase wasn’t referring to an individual.
“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark consists of or includes a name, portrait, or signature identifying a particular living individual whose written consent to register the mark is not of record,” the examining attorney wrote. To make the case, the attorney attached articles that referred to Manziel as “Johnny Football.”-ESPN.com
It looks like it is going in the right direction. Others shouldn’t be able to profit off of Manziel without his consent.