In May 2019, Tom Brady’s company filed two intent-to-use trademark applications, seeking to register the nickname TOM TERRIFIC in connection with apparel, posters, and playing cards. In those filings were declarations that Brady had a legitimate, good faith intent to use the TOM TERRFIFIC mark in commerce. However, after receiving some criticism by loyal New York Mets fans – who claim that the nickname “Tom Terrific” has long belonged to famed pitcher Tom Seaver – Brady attempted to ease the pushback from critics, stating to reporters that he “didn’t like the nickname,” and was actually trying to “keep people from using it” in filing the underlying trademark applications. Further, when asked whether the name would be used for merchandise, Brady answered, “I hope not.” It will be interesting to see what unfolds relative to the underlying trademark applications in light of these events.
Tom Brady and the “TOM TERRIFIC” Trademark ApplicationsWritten by Jonathan Woodard
Mr. Woodard represents clients in Intellectual Property Litigation. He also has International Law experience, having clerked for the General Counsel of the International Fund in Rome, Italy. Mr. Woodard obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Florida A&M College of Law, where he served as an editor on the law review. He earned his bachelor’s degree from King College as a recipient of a full academic/athletic scholarship as member of the varsity basketball team.
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