Patriots Talk: Nike Sues Rob Gronkowski Over New Logo
Seems as though Gronk can’t seem to catch a break this offseason. While getting TMZ to show a video of
While getting TMZ to show a video of his party at Foxwoods, getting his roast of David Ortiz taken down, now he seems to be in real legal trouble with the footwear giant, Nike over Gronk’s newest logo design.
The report was written by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, and Nike has been stated to have filed a formal opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) against Gronkowski’s fitness company; Gronk Nation L.L.C.
Gronk Nation had filed for a trademark in April 2016 for a logo for its new fitness apparel and equipment brand. Nike is claiming that the logo (which is a silhouette of Gronkowski spiking a football) looks too similar Nike’s Air Jordan, Jumpman logo that they have used since November 1987.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 30, 2017
According to the report, Gronk and his company have until Aug. 5 to respond to the opposition, and if there is no resolve by then, Nike and one of its top spokespersons could be facing off in court:
Attorney Troy Carnrite, whose firm represents the Gronkowski family (therefore, Gronk Nation falls under him as well) told Rovell:
“We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.”
As of now, this news is only from this past week, and there will be quite a few months before anything comes about. But the fact is, Gronk and his family are trying to break themselves into the fitness market (ironically, Gronk is also sponsored by Nike for the sports footwear). This announcement will have some dark clouds hanging over Gronk till he returns to Foxboro on July 26th for summer training camp with his team, the New England Patriots.