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The House That Johnny Built

Posted on 5/14/2014 by with 0 comments

If Texas A&M ever decides to formally include “The House That Johnny Built” in the name of its football stadium, Johnny Manziel appears to be in line to cash in.

Both Manziel and the family of his longtime friend, Nate Fitch, had filed to trademark “The House That Johnny Built,” but the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office notified the Fitch family on Monday that its registration was refused.

“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection to Johnny Manziel,” the note said. “Although Johnny Manziel is not connected with goods and/or services provided by applicant under the applied-for mark, Johnny Manziel is so famous that consumers would presume a connection.”

In January, Manziel applied for the trademark with the intention to use it on everything from shirts and hats to “women’s athletic tops with built-in bras.”

The Fitch family has six months to respond, but the preliminary ruling puts Manziel in the driver’s seat to one day own the trademark.

 

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