When Tom Brady will be cleared of trademark infringement
The New York Giants quarterback is still battling a case that has dragged on for years.
His trademark on the name “Brady,” the football term he adopted to describe himself and his team, has long been a hot topic, and now, the quarterback is getting a fresh chance to clear his name.
The Brady name has been a topic of debate since the mid-1990s, when the NFL filed a trademark case against a company that marketed the “Britt” brand, claiming the name was confusingly similar to the “Madden” brand.
In the years since, Brady has faced trademark infringement lawsuits over the word “Brill” in several different contexts.
The most recent was brought by an unnamed company that created a “Bratworx” web site, which the NFL claims is not Brady’s trademark.
The NFL argued that the site “may be confusingly indistinguishable from a trademark registered by a rival NFL company, including, but not limited to, Madden and the New York Jets.”
The NFL’s decision on the trademark was made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.
The Brady name is now officially registered in the United Kingdom.
Brady’s lawyer, Brian Fuchs, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A judge rejected Brady’s request to overturn the decision, saying the Brady name did not have a trademarked meaning and was merely a name that could be easily registered.
Brady filed a lawsuit in New York in 2006, arguing the trademark on his name was invalid because the word was similar to other NFL trademarks that were already registered.
The case went to trial in 2011, and Brady was found not guilty of trademark violations.
The case was thrown out by a New York court, but Brady appealed that ruling to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
In 2014, the state’s highest court ruled that Brady could appeal that decision.
The decision on Brady’s case has divided the courts.
New Jersey Superior Court Justice Steven S. O’Neill said that Brady’s name does not have an trademarked purpose and is therefore protected by the First Amendment, which protects the right to “free speech.”
O’Neill added that the Brady trademark is a public figure’s name that may be used to promote goods and services, and that Brady did not infringe on anyone else’s trademark by using it.
Brady said that he does not expect any legal action against the NFL, but the NFL did not comment on the matter.
Tom Brady was cleared of violating trademark laws last month in a hearing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is one of the most conservative courts in the country.
Brady and the NFL have been in litigation for decades.
The issue has been raised again and again in the courts, but there is little indication that the issue will be resolved anytime soon.
The NFL filed its appeal in December.
Brady, who is in his first season as the NFL’s starting quarterback, will be back in action against New England on Nov. 4.