In the past few months, we’ve seen a Subway sandwich shop offer a Robert Griffin III sandwich, and a Cap Hill hot dog joint offer an RGIII dog. We’ve seen at least a half-dozen fan-created RGIII t-shirts, and we’ve seen a local ad agency change its name to the RG3 Agency.
This, mind you, before the kid has taken a single snap at the NFL level.
So it makes sense that Griffin, or his people, would be somewhat anxious to take control of this situation before the Redskins officially rename their franchise the RGIIIs.
And thus, this, from ChangeLegal:
Following his declaration for the NFL Draft, Griffin hired an attorney. Thereafter, he created his own company, Thr3escompany, LLC and submitted applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a total of four trademarks – RGIII, RG3, Robert Griffin III, and Unbelievably Believable. The first three trademark filings were made for “Shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shorts, footwear, hats, caps, athletic uniforms.”
From my own experience, I know that Griffin’s people were well aware of what was happening in Washington, re: RGIII merchandise and specials. And Twitter confirms.
“All of my RGIII shirts were pulled by Skreened a few weeks ago. They said someone made a copywrite claim, but wouldn’t say who,” one person wrote.
“Ours got pulled the day he trademarked them his agents sent a nice letter lol,” someone else wrote.
During the Redskins’ draft night party at FedEx Field, dudes were selling RGIII bootleg shirts in the parking lots. I’m guessing his lawyers will be nice and busy next fall.
(Pic via my best buddy Paul. First blogged by Hogs Haven)