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Trademarks For Multiple WWE Superstars Denied Due To Lack Of Written Consent

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According to a report from Heel by Nature, WWE had filed numerous trademark filings with the USPTO regarding several WWE Superstars. These filings were ultimately denied in mid-February due to lack of written consent for those Superstars performing under those ring names. The filings were submitted back in October 2020.

The trademarks will be abandoned within six months unless WWE can submit a signed document from the list of talents (below) with their written consent. Here is the list of names that were denied trademarks:

* Dominik Mysterio
* Chelsea Green
* A-Kid
* Amale
* Aoife Valkyrie

The USPTO noted that the aforementioned individuals did not sign WWE’s trademark application or provide written, personal consent. Here is the official documentation from the USPTO:


Because the individual named in the mark did not sign the application and the application did not include a proper written consent, applicant must provide a statement that the name in the mark identifies a particular living individual and a written consent to register the name. See 15 U.S.C. §1052(c); TMEP §§813.01(a)-(b), 1206.04(a), 1206.05.


Accordingly, applicant must submit both of the following:

(1) The following statement: “The name shown in the mark identifies a living individual whose consent to register is made of record.” If the name is a pseudonym, stage name, or nickname, applicant must provide the following statement: “Dominik Mysterio identifies _____ {specify actual name}, a living individual whose consent is of record.”

(2) A written consent, personally signed by the named individual, as follows: “I, _____, consent to the use and registration of my name, _____, as a trademark and/or service mark with the USPTO.”

WWE is no stranger to dealing with these issues in the past, as they have filed for the following trademarks to these Superstars: Drew Gulak, Pete Dunne, Tony Nese, Justus, Malcolm Bivens, Mercedes Martinez, Keith Lee, Raquel González and Mia Yim. Most notably, Mia Yim, Keith Lee, and Mercedes Martinez had already registered trademarks on their ring names prior to coming to WWE. With that being said, WWE’s trademark applications for Yim, Lee, and Martinez were dismissed. WWE now has to appeal the abandonment of the trademarks to have their filings reinstated.


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