Johnny Manziel Files Suit for "Johnny Football" Trademark Infringement. Good For Him!
It's going to be at least another several months before Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel can capitalize financially off of his nickname "Johnny Football," and if he and his family have their way it will be much longer before anybody else can.
What, him worry?
As reported back in November, on the heels of a 29-24 upset of then top-ranked and eventual national champion Alabama, Manziel and his family planned to trademark the "Johnny Football" moniker, essentially calling dibs now and in the future on anything branded with the catchy nickname.
Well, a few months later, it appears that the "Johnny Football trademark" web has caught its first fly (courtesy of ESPN.com):
Manziel's corporation, JMAN2 Enterprises, filed a lawsuit in Texas last week against Eric Vaughan, a man who was selling T-shirts that read, "Keep Calm and Johnny Football." Manziel claims Vaughan infringed on his trademark rights.
Although Manziel didn't file papers to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for "Johnny Football" until Feb. 2, a trademark doesn't have to be federally registered for there to be an ownership claim.
The lawsuit asks the court to award damages for the unlawful sale of the "Johnny Football" T-shirts. Texas A&M's compliance office recently received a ruling from the NCAA that a student-athlete can keep financial earnings as a result of a legal action.
Here are a few of my thoughts on this development:
1. I need to know right now, not tomorrow, not next week, right NOW if JMAN2 Enterprises is hiring. Don't get me wrong, I like my current employer, but can you think of a better place to work than a company run by Johnny Manziel?
I imagine the corporate headquarters of JMAN2 Enterprises as some hybrid of the penthouse floor of Trump Plaza, the Playboy mansion, and Willy Wonka's chocolate factory (only the chocolate river is actually vodka and the candy treats are all cigars, Porterhouse steaks, and boobs). I imagine the annual meeting taking place in Vegas every year and being 51 weeks long, and the only reason we would spend one week NOT in Vegas is to sue the ever-loving shit out of anyone trying to infringe on our "Johnny Football" copyright. Emergency meetings would take place at a blackjack table, and the board of directors would be the five finalists of the Miss America pageant. In short, JMAN2 Enterprises would replace Disney World as the happiest place on earth.