Ezekiel Elliott wants to trademark “feed me,” but it may not be easy

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has made the phrase “feed me” his personal trademark. Elliott now wants to make it legally his trademark. The person who owns the trademark isn’t willing to surrender it.

As explained by Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, former WWE wrestler Ryback holds the rights to the term.

It’s very disappointing,” Ryback said, regarding the news that Elliott wants to secure federal trademark protection for the term. “I think it’s low-life scum . . . quite frankly. He’s a wrestling fan. He 100 percent got [the phrase] from me. I already established it and own it. You got to fight this stuff. . . .

“He’s not going to get it. The problem is this is exactly my phrase. And it’s the same meaning and that will cause confusion. I have a feeling it’s going to be denied by the trademark office. Now if it’s not, I will simply have to pay and oppose it and we will provide evidence and he will not get it. I’ll tie him up [in court] for years.”

Elliott recently placed the phrase on his stomach in the form of a tattoo.

“Who gets a tattoo before it’s even done?” Ryback said. “That’s pretty silly. I hope he has a good tattoo removal. I feel bad he got the tattoo on his stomach.”

Ryback can’t force Elliott to have the tattoo removed; the question is whether Elliott can sell T-shirts and other merchandise carrying the phrase. Elliott clearly wants to do it. Ryback, unless he’s huffing and puffing in the way that wrestlers always do, doesn’t plan to let it happen without a fight, real or fake.

16 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott wants to trademark “feed me,” but it may not be easy

  1. I haven’t watched wrestling in years so I have no idea who this guy is. At least he gets some free publicity out of this “controversy”

  2. There’s not a single person in Zeke’s life who won’t tell him that this is a blessing in disguise? “Feed Me” is an awful shtick, and it’s neither clever nor endearing. It’s just… cringe

  3. And Ryback stole it from a plant in Little Shop of Horrors. What does AudreyII have to say about all this?!

  4. He’ll have to play better if he’s going to worry about trade-marking merch.

  5. I think it’s kind of Pathetic that two grown men are fighting over rights to a catch phrase.

    Everybody knows the plant from Little Shop of Horrors coined the phrase Feed Me… So.. your both copycats

  6. I’m pretty sure there won’t be any confusion when people see and hear that phrase who it’s meant to be

  7. Unfortunately one sees people doing the silly “feed me” gesture a number of sporting events! Find something else!

  8. Zeke: What you are trying to say is unclear! What it looks like to the fans is you are overweight and a step slower because of it.

  9. if he did the slightest amount of research, he would see that there’s a edm/dubstep producer with the name “feed me”…. considering how longs he’s been around, i’m pretty sure he has first dibs already

  10. Does he think he’ll star in a remake of Little Shop of Horrors? No way his request gets approved.

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