Tom Brady’s application to trademark ‘Tom Terrific’ rejected
Tom Brady’s efforts to trademark “Tom Terrific” have failed, as his application has been rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, per a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
The bid to trademark “Tom Terrific” prompted controversy, as it’s generally accepted that the nickname is reserved solely for New York Mets legend Tom Seaver.
The USPTO acknowledged as much in a statement issued Thursday, indicating “the applied-for mark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver.”
Brady expressed regret over the trademark application after a backlash erupted. The New England Patriots quarterback also insisted he sought to trademark Tom Terrific to preserve it for Seaver, not himself.
“It’s unfortunate,” Brady said in June. “I was actually trying to do something because I didn’t like the nickname and I wanted to make sure no one used it, because some people wanted to use it. I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it is. Good lesson learned, and I’ll try to do things a little different in the future …
“It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or ill manner or anything like that.”
Brady has up to six months to file an appeal over the Patent Office’s rejection, though it’s unclear at this time whether or not he will pursue any further action, especially given the fallout from the original application.