Johnny Manziel can’t make any money of the “Johnny Football” name while he is still playing football for Texas A&M, but he is able to guard the rights to it. According to The Southeast Texas Record, JMAN2 Enterprises, Manziels organization filed a lawsuit against Eric Vaughn. Recently Vaughn made “Keep Calm and Johnny Football” T-Shirts which in JMAN2 Enterprises feels violates trademark rights.
Manziel’s lawsuit wants the court to award damages for the unlawful sale of Vaughn’s T-Shirts. Manziel’s camp filed for a trademark of the “Johnny Football” name earlier this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Manziel does not own the rights the name yet, but the shirt is definitely referring to the Manziel.
Shane Hinckley who is the assistant vice president of business at Texas A&M spoke on the lawsuit by saying, “Manziel’s attorneys and Texas A&M regularly communicate on legal issues where we have joint interests. This usually means that our trademarks are being used in conjunction with Johnny Football. We are pursuing our own legal interests separately, but stay in contact due to the nature of the relationship.”
Shane also said that Texas A&M is not taking any legal action since the lawsuit has nothing to do the trademarks at the school.
Manziel has gained a ton of notoriety since winning the Heisman Trophy this past year and wants to protect all aspects of his franchise including the “Johnny Football” trademark. With all his popularity Johnny did say that he might take classes online for the spriung semester. One might say Manziel is learning a great deal from this lawsuit. In my opinion this should count toward a business law credit at school.