Monday, April 30, 2012
Wants to Use Sports Nicknames
Nicknames. The legal right to exploit a player's nickname may belong to that player, particularly as with Linsanity, where the nickname incorporates the player's surname. In that case, the player may be able to assert right of publicity claims or trademark claims. As the search results for Linsanity show (above), there are presently nine people vying for the Linsanity registration for products ranging from computer software to perfume (Bouquet de Gym Socks?). We think, except for this applicant, most applicants will likely have wasted their $345 application fees.