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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, a Nike endorser, has run afoul of the sports shoe and apparel giant with the logo Gronk wants to use in his merchandising.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports that Nike filed a formal opposition to Gronkowski’s logo with the US Patent & Trademark Office Trial & Appeal Board. Nike says its too close to its famous Michael Jordan "Jumpman" logo. Judge for yourself below: 

Gronkowski has until Aug. 5 to respond or risk abandoning the filing. If nothing is resolved, the two sides will battle over the mark.

"My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today," Gronkowski attorney Troy Carnrite said in Rovell's story. "We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably."