Tom Brady denied 'Tom Terrific' trademark; Tom Seaver connection cited

Tom Brady denied 'Tom Terrific' trademark; Tom Seaver connection cited

In its refusal to register the trademark, the USPTO noted in a letter to Brady's representatives (via NBC Sports Boston) the potential for confusion because the nickname "points uniquely and unmistakably" to former Major League Baseball star and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.

Tom Brady just suffered a rare loss - his trademark application has been denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brady, who has been a superstar Patriots player for nearly two decades, and his representatives explained they wanted to apply for the trademark so that no one else would be able to use the moniker already given to Seaver and Brady. Many were outraged, saying there's only one "Tom Terrific". and that's former New York Mets ace Tom Seaver.

"It's unfortunate", Brady said. Given the fame of the mark and use of the mark in connection with the applied-for goods, consumers will falsely associate applicant's mark with Tom Seaver. I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it is.


The USPTO also noted in the rejection that the trademark application evoked images of a living person that did not consent to Brady using that nickname.

Seaver played for the Mets for 12 seasons during his 20-year major league career.

When the Mets got wind of it, they tweeted their frustration at the six-time Super Bowl quarterback.

Brady's legal team can reply to the ruling in the next sixth months before it is completely abandoned. "Good lesson learned ... trying to do things a little different in the future".

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