Tom Brady Denied ‘Tom Terrific’ Trademark by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Because It’s Baseball Legend Tom Seaver’s Nickname

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There’s only one Tom Terrific. At least, according to the United State Patent and Trademark Office.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady filed to trademark the moniker “Tom Terrific” in June, but the office denied his request Thursday. The two reasons for the refusal, the ruling declared, is that it is a false connection and the name of a living individual. Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver received that nickname during his legendary career.

“Although Tom Seaver is not connected with the goods provided by applicant under the applied-for mark, Tom Seaver is so well-known that consumers would presume a connection,” the ruling states.

“As such, the applied-for mark TOM TERRIFIC is refused because it identifies a name of a particular living individual whose written consent to register is not of record,” the ruling continued.

Seaver spent most of his 20-year career with the New York Mets and won 311 games with a 2.86 ERA.

SOURCE: USA Today, Chris Bumbaca

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