Tom Brady files for trademark on “Tom Terrific”

AP

Tom Brady‘s bid for a trademark on a nickname some use for him has been met with opposition from Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s fans and former teammates.

Trademark lawyer Josh Gerben noted that Brady’s company TEB Capital recently filed for trademarks on “Tom Terrific” for use on various collectibles and clothing products. Gerben also notes that the trademarks were filed on a 1B basis, which indicates that the company intends to use these trademarks.

Players seeking such trademarks is nothing new, but the fact that the nickname was also used for Seaver during his time in the majors has rankled some people. That group includes Seaver’s Mets teammates Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky, former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and Mets fans who organized a small gathering to object to Brady’s proposed trademark.

There has been no comment from Seaver, who has retired from public life while dealing with dementia, or his family about the matter.

A cartoon called “Tom Terrific” predated Seaver, so the name has been kicking around for some time. We’ll see if any of that winds up leading Brady to stick with TB12 and other merchandising avenues in the future.

38 responses to “Tom Brady files for trademark on “Tom Terrific”

  1. Don’t you have enough Tom. I mean seriously why even go through all this and I hate the Mets. But pay some respect Thomas

  2. Tommie Tuckrule is available, as are many other names that were not associated with another person at some point.

  3. That name is taken.
    “Tom Terrific” was the NY Mets pitcher Tom Seaver in the 1960s and 1970s.

  4. Just like all the other narcissistic celebrities out there taking other people’s nicknames or words to trademark for themselves all in the name of $$$. Pretty soon every word we try to use will be trademarked by somebody trying to make a buck. Like the lil kardashian trying to trademark the word Psalm. Like it hasn’t got a real meaning already. Tommy Boy can take his TB12 trademark and go away happy. Crap! Now he’s gonna want Tommy Boy now!

  5. Well Elvis Presley is dead and as far as I know he was the original King in most people’s eyes for having that as a nickname. So out of respect no one who has come along after him should be having King as a nickname or part of a nickname

  6. Multiple athletes have the same nick name….how many sugar rays are there in boxing…only difference is TB was smart enough to capitalize on it and old man seaver is crying on boomers shoulder

  7. I can’t see that name without remembering George Jefferson and Tom Willis as mail strippers on The Jeffersons. They were introduced as Gorgeous George and Tom Terrific.

  8. I can’t see that name without remembering George Jefferson and Tom Willis as male strippers on The Jeffersons. They were introduced as Gorgeous George and Tom Terrific.

  9. intrafinesse says:
    June 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    That name is taken.
    “Tom Terrific” was the NY Mets pitcher Tom Seaver in the 1960s and 1970s.
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    Seaver was named after a cartoon character popular in the late 1950’s – so save us the indignation about how that name somehow belongs to him.

  10. I don’t know that Brady is looking to brand anything with Tom Terrific, but I am sure he’d like to prevent anyone else from using it with his likeness without paying him.

  11. I should go trademark Dan the Man… Because it’s no different than Tom Terrific in my book. I don’t think they should be trademarked. But people crying about this really should get a life.

  12. So Brady is trying to “muscle” someone suffering from dementia? Not a good look for Brady. I say that as a Patriots fan.

  13. Brady is the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, Seaver is on a short list of the Greatest MLB pitchers of all-time, they are both great poster boys for their sports, and better men.

    Terrific is an understatement for each one.

  14. firedog784 says:
    June 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    Well Elvis Presley is dead and as far as I know he was the original King in most people’s eyes for having that as a nickname. So out of respect no one who has come along after him should be having King as a nickname or part of a nickname

    Watch it there, bub. Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler would like to have a few words with you.

  15. From a Patriots fan:

    I don’t like the timing and can fully appreciate why Mets fans are upset. As a matter of fact, I personally hope Brady withdraws his application. However, legally Brady is well within his rights to file trademark protection for “Tom Terrific”. The Mets could have done the same thing anytime during the last 30+ plus years.

  16. As a Viking fan that believes TB12 is “THE MAN” if Seaver didn’t want it why does anyone else care. All those upset are just jealous. Tom has been terrific. The tuck rule was a fumble but he didn’t officiate the game. The NFL was behind that bullcrap. Who wouldn’t take TB12 in his prime as their qb? All he does is close out for championships.

  17. It’s 2019 and he wants to use a nickname that was popular in the 70s…. just when I thought this guy couldn’t get any more lame

  18. When was the last time anyone, anywhere referred to Tom Seaver as Tom Terrific? Actually, when was the last time prior to this story that Seaver was mentioned at all.

  19. There’s plenty of well known athletes with the same nickname (Rocket, LT, Pudge, ARod, Sugar Ray etc.)

    And you don’t need to register with the PTO to claim a trademark. Seaver’s people could easily file an objection if it meant something to them. Its not a big deal.

  20. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    June 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    So Brady is trying to “muscle” someone suffering from dementia? Not a good look for Brady. I say that as a Patriots fan.

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    Where do you get “muscle” from this? Trademark applications aren’t heavy legal lifting. You don’t need to register a trademark to claim one. Seaver could easily file an objection if his people wanted to. Happens everyday.

    And you repeatedly said you think Brady is replaceable with a high school QB. Hardly a Pats fan.

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