College Station, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Johnny Manziel’s team is competing against a friend’s company for a trademark on the phrase “The House That Johnny Built”.
Fitch Estate Sales, a company owned by the family of his friend Nate Fitch, filed for the trademark in December, while the company of the former Texas A&M quarterback filed a month later.
Both submitted applications to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that said they intended to use the phrase on athletic apparel.
Gerald Fowler, the lawyer of Nate’s mother, Rachel Fitch, said it was his understanding that Nate and Johnny were going to use the trademark together.
“My guess is that there was a lack of communication here,” he quipped.
Fowler said he hasn’t had any conversations with Manziel’s attorneys about pursuing the trademark together.
The trademark was a reference to the renovation of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, a $450 million project that will expand capacity to 102,500 and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 season.
A Texas A&M official did not immediately return a call seeking comment as to whether Manziel had discussed his trademark filing with the school.