AEW's Executive Vice President filed for a handful of curiously unregistered trademarks relating to his father this past week, records from the United States Trademark Office (via Heel By Nature) listing them as:
- Dusty Rhodes
- The American Dream
- The American Nightmare.
Cody's trademarks are filed under 'Goods and services', specifically for use with 'wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer'.
Interestingly, WWE did not own any trademarks on either 'Dusty Rhodes' or 'The American Dream' - despite Cody's legendary father competing for the company under both monikers, and being inducted into their Hall of Fame back in 2007 specifically as 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes.
Speaking of Hall of Famers, and on the same subject, Starrcast founder Conrad Thompson recently filed a trademark for the term 'Four Horsemen', as well as 'Jim Crockett Promotions' and '10 Pounds of Gold'. All three of course refer to the halcyon days of the NWA, the latter term becoming currency again last year during Cody's odyssey to claim Nick Aldis' NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
Again, WWE did not hold any ownership of the terms. In this instance, Thompson intends the trademarks to be used for "storytelling" and "podcasts in the field of professional wrestling", as well as a range of merchandise.
One final piece of IP law news: Arn Anderson, Martin Lunde when he's at home, this past week applied to trademark his wrestling name. Anderson was recently let go by WWE after 18 years with the company.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.