NFL player denied ‘Fitzmagic’ trademark filing due to confusion
Sorry, Minkah Fitzpatrick, there’s only one Fitzmagic.
Minkah Fitzpatrick just completed his rookie season as a safety for the Miami Dolphins. He tried to fill a trademark with the US Patent & Trademark Office for “Fitzmagic,” but was essentially denied. The reason given is that it creates a false connection because the “Fitzmagic” nickname is strongly associated with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
On New Year's Day, the USPTO denies Mikah Fitzpatrick's trademark application for FITZMAGIC because it creates a "false connection" with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
— Josh Gerben (@JoshGerben) January 3, 2019
Minkah can still respond and appeal the decision if he wants, but he’s facing an uphill battle.
Though Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched by the Buccaneers this season in favor of Jameis Winston, there was still a time early in the year when he was lighting things up and going viral for his swag. People love their Fitzmagic, and they think of the bearded quarterback when they hear the name, not the Dolphins defensive back.