WWE Runs Into Issues Trademarking ‘Dean Ambrose’
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WWE has run into some trouble with their attempt to trademark Dean Ambrose due to the lack of written consent from the performer, Jon Moxley.
The USPTO issued a review of the filing on March 10, stating that they needed written consent from the performer as the trademark identifies a living individual. You can see even more issues which were brought up concerning the trademark (via Heel By Nature) below:
Applicant must clarify whether the name DEAN AMBROSE in the mark identifies a particular living individual. In this case, the application neither specifies whether the name in the mark identifies a particular living individual nor includes a written consent.
To register a mark that consists of or comprises the name of a particular living individual, including a first name, pseudonym, stage name, or nickname, an applicant must provide a written consent personally signed by the named individual.
Accordingly, if the name in the mark does not identify a particular living individual, applicant must submit a statement to that effect (e.g., “The name shown in the mark does not identify a particular living individual.”).
However, if the name in the mark does identify a particular living individual, applicant must submit both of the following:
(1) The following statement: “The name(s) shown in the mark identifies a living individual(s) whose consent(s) to register is made of record.” If the name is a pseudonym, stage name, or nickname, applicant must provide the following statement: “DEAN AMBROSE identifies, a living individual whose consent is of record.”
(2) A written consent, personally signed by the named individual(s), as follows: “I, DEAN AMBROSE, consent to the use and registration of my name, , as a trademark and/or service mark with the USPTO.”
For an overview of the requirements for names appearing in marks, and instructions on how to satisfy this requirement using the online Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) response form, see the Name/Portrait/Signature of Particular Living Individual in Mark webpage.
The Trademark Act requires that a trademark or service mark application must include a “specification of … the goods [or services]” in connection with which the mark is being used or will be used. Specifically, a complete application must include a “list of the particular goods or services on or in connection with which the applicant uses or intends to use the mark.” This requirement for a specification of the particular goods and/or services applies to applications filed under all statutory bases.
The wording “Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and through broadcast media including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service” in the identification of services is indefinite and must be clarified to specify 1) nature of entertainment services provided, e.g., production of performance or organizing/conducting performances; and 2) how performances are broadcast, e.g., recorded to enable broadcast. See recommended modifications in the section entitled “Suggestions” below. Applicant must amend this wording to specify the common commercial or generic name of the services. If the services have no common commercial or generic name, applicant must describe or explain the nature of the services using clear and succinct language.
According to the USPTO, WWE has six months to respond and rectify the issues or the trademark will be abandoned. WrestleZone will continue to monitor the story and report any and all updates.