Rob Gronkowski might have to pick a new logo.
The New England Patriots tight end is a Nike athlete, but his spike logo, which Gronk Nation L.L.C., began the process to trademark in April 2016, apparently looks too much like the famous Air Jordan Jumpman. As a result, Nike “filed a formal opposition to the USPTO Trial & Appeal Board” earlier in June, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
“My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today,” Gronkowski attorney Troy Carnrite said, via ESPN.com. “We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.”
But being too much “Like Mike” isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to the law.
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