Minkah Fitzpatrick loses round one in effort to squat on “Fitzmagic”

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Minkah Fitzpatrick will have to settle for T-Bone.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently denied the Dolphins defensive back’s effort to squat on “Fitzmagic,” a nickname widely associated with Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Via FloridaFootballInsiders.com, the January 1 decision arose from the conclusion that Ryan F. is sufficiently known by that name to create a false connection, if the federal rights to the label had been given to Minkah F.

Minkah F. may continue the effort to secure the rights to the nickname, and the process entails plenty of steps and levels. The question is whether Minkah wants to push it that far.

Minkah Fitzpatrick seemed to yield the issue in September, but he wanted to phone call from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“If he wants the name, he can take it,” Minkah Fitzpatrick said at the time. “He’s a certified vet. Great football player. If he wants it, he can contact me or my people, and he can have it. If he wants it, he can take it. He’s just got to talk to me. I really don’t think it was as big of a deal as people made it out to be. Like I said earlier, if he wanted it, I’m sure he could have used it at some point.”

It sounds like Minkah Fitzpatrick was interested in selling it, and he still may be. But he’s currently not operating from a position of strength, in the eyes of the law.

24 responses to “Minkah Fitzpatrick loses round one in effort to squat on “Fitzmagic”

  1. Did Fitzpatrick oppose the filing or give any indication he wanted the trademark? Ryan Fitpatrick is a smart guy (insert obligatory he went to Harvard statement) and probably knows there’s very little value to him since people aren’t going to be buying Fitzmagic gear.

  2. Pertaining to Minkah, from now on when I think of “Fitzmagic” I’ll think of a highly touted player disappearing once the season starts and underwhelming relative to their draft position.

  3. “Did Fitzpatrick oppose the filing or give any indication he wanted the trademark?”

    He didn’t have to. Even if he never tries to trademark it, the fact that it is commonly associated with him (in regards to football specifically) means nobody else can get that trademarked. Now in 3 years when everyone forgets about Fitzpatrick’s magical run starting some games for a 5-11 team, then someone else could claim it and try to sell T-shirts or whatever Minkah thinks he can do with it.

  4. I hope the legal battle rages on for a couple more years given the only use for the trademark disappeared months ago. It’s lifespan of usefulness was a couple of weeks and it will never be a thing again. Nobody out there is looking for any “Fitzmagic” stuff now nor will they be.

  5. I’ve heard of Ryan Fitzpatrick. The man has quite the reputation in the NFL as a class act and a heck of a player. What’s a Minkah?

  6. Thankfully Miami cleaned house on coaches, you will see a completely different player in Minkah next season. This guy will be an all pro for many years as long as the coaches put him at his main position instead of switching him from CB to FS to SS and even some LB. Saban even said he might be the best player he had ever coached. Hate on Saban all you want but if he said that, it means something!!!

  7. Patenting words and phrases is one of the more inane aspects of modern life. In the future, you won’t be able to say anything because the ownership of every word will be owned by someone else. FFS (patent pending).

  8. I’m just happy Minkah got his name out there for something since the draft hype last year when people who are now GM’s for the Raiders told us all he was the best corner in the draft and how Cleveland was dumb for “reaching” for a lesser talent (who is now a pro bowler).

  9. I don’t think Ryan Fitz and his HARVARD education really needs to “contact” some rookie after millions of football fans across the country were calling him that and buying T_Shirts and Hoodies with it printed on there. Maybe Minkah can grow a ZZTop beard like Ryan and and ask for some if the money for that ..

  10. Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick is the best backup QB in the NFL. The Bucs beat the Saints in NO, and then beat Philly at home. If the Bucs had not suffered through Mike Smith’s obsolete and antiquated scheme, they might’ve finished in the playoff hunt.

  11. Belichicks dig me says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Hey, we were able to patent 19-0.

    19- uh-oh

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