Relax, Patriots fans. You can still refer to Tom Brady as "Tom Terrific" if you want. It just won't be a trademarked nickname.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Brady's application to trademark the moniker because it "may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver."
Brady received a ton of blowback from Mets fans and others after applying for the trademark earlier this year, and the Patriots quarterback claimed that the reason he was seeking the trademark was to get people to stopcalling him "Tom Terrific."
"I didn’t want people associating me with that," Brady said on June 6. "It’s something I didn’t want to have happen. I don’t like the nickname. I don’t like when people probably give me many nice compliments, certainly that. It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or any ill manner."
In a letter to Brady's representatives, the Patent and Trademark Office wrote "The nickname TOM TERRIFIC points uniquely and unmistakably to Tom Seaver, and the fame or reputation of Tom Seaver as 'Tom Terrific' is such that a connection between Mr. Seaver and the applied-for goods would be presumed."
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