WWE Looking To Settle Trademark Dispute With NFL Player
WWE has requested an extension with the United States Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board while it continues to negotiate a settlement with Stone Cold LLC, a company headed by NFL player Chris Jones.
The dispute stems from a soda line Chris Jones released called “Stone Cold Jones”. WWE says this infringes on two trademarks they own, “Stone Cold Steve Austin”, and “Stone Cold”.
On 12/15, WWE filed a motion to suspend proceedings for 30 days, while both parties negotiate a settlement. On 1/20, WWE filed an extension for another 30 days to continue negotiations with the soda maker according to documents obtained by HeelByNature.com
Proceedings in the case will resume on 2/15 if no settlement has been reached.
Last September, WWE filed a complaint, opposing the “Stone Cold Jones” trademark filing, indicating the name “Stone Cold” is associated with WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Stone Cold LLC responded the complaint In October, stating the name is widely recognized by NFL player Chris Jones. The soda company believes here is no confusion with WWE’s trademark