Recently, well-known former Texas A&M football player Johnny Manziel and his company have sought ownership over several trademarks, including “Johnny Football” and the phrase “The House that Johnny Built.”
However, Manziel and his company were not the first to file for these trademarks, as Manziel’s friend Nate Fitch’s company Fitch Estate Sales first filed for the trademark for both phrases in December 2013 with the United States Trademark and Patent Office. Manziel filed for the trademark this January.
According to both of the companies’ applications, the trademarks were planned to be used on athletic apparel.
By law, Fitch needs to have his trademark application approved by Manziel, as a trademark that references an actual living person needs to be approved by the person the trademark is referring to.
If you have a case regarding trademarks or patents filed with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, or intellectual property in both federal and Texas state courts, you can consult with our lawyers at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. We have helped numerous people in Dallas, and may be able to get you the outcome you want. Find out more by calling our offices at (214) 824-1414.