Cody Rhodes thought he had the rights to the trademark for the name of his late father, WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes.
That’s not the case as Rhodes has been rejected for his attempt to file a trademark. Pro Wrestling Sheet reached out to Cody’s legal team about the trademark filing being rejected, which is when it was revealed that the filing was turned down for an unexpected reason.
Despite the belief in November that the trademark was done, the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) issued a refusal last week.
As for the reason, it’s due to name being too similar to Dustin Rhodes, a trademark already owned by Dustin.
“Here, the marks share one term, “RHODES”, and a highly similar term ‘DUSTY/DUSTIN’, and share the same overall commercial impression of that of a surname and given name, respectively. Given the high similarity in appearance, sound, and meaning of the marks, the marks are confusingly similar.”
As a result, the legal team is in talks to take next in order to acquire the trademark.
Now, Cody has options right with the trademark. He can file an appeal or get approval from the owner of the registration that is causing the trademark to be rejected.