Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer is seeking trademark rights for ‘Dilfer’ and ‘Dolphin’
Trent Dilff, the former NFL quarterback who is seeking trademarks for the term “Dilf-a-Dolphin” and the “Dolphin’s Head,” filed a lawsuit Wednesday in San Francisco, arguing that he has “a legitimate claim to the name” and a right to use it.
In a statement, Dilfer said he intends to “vigorously defend” the trademark application filed in February.
He said he plans to appeal and will be seeking damages for defamation and for irreparable injury, the AP reported.
The trademark application, filed in January by the San Francisco-based company “Delfi-a Dolphin,” said Dilfer and his wife “will be the owners and beneficiaries of the Dilf-A-Dolfer trademark” and that Dilfer’s name will be registered under the trademark.
Dilff, who played four seasons in the NFL, is suing because his name is associated with a sport he has never played.
The NFL said Dilf, who retired after the 2011 season, is entitled to the trademarks Dilfer has been using for over two decades.
He is seeking a maximum of five years’ worth of use of the trademark Dilfer-A, the statement said.
The statement said that Dilff and his attorney, Paul J. Schmitz, will be filing a counterclaim and will seek a declaratory judgment.
Delf-a-, which is pronounced like “dilf,” has a variety of meanings, including a dolphin.
The dolphin is a member of the dolphin family.
The San Francisco Giants, who have Dilfer as a member, will also seek damages.