Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, however that hasn’t stopped the former quarterback from collecting coins. According to ESPN, Kaep has filed to trademark a black-and-white image of his face and full Afro because…coins.
The filing, which took place last Friday appeared on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday (Oct. 10) states the image can be used on shampoos, hairspray, jewelry, and lampshades.
The filing also says the image can be used with “providing classes, workshops, seminars and camps in the field of self-empowerment and awareness to properly interact with law enforcement” as well as in association with “production of television shows and films.”
Trademark attorney Josh Gerben of The Gerben Law Firm said Kaepernick is making all the right business moves.”I think it’s very smart. Nike made him relevant. Now he can monetize that and promote his movement more,” Gerben said.
For the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, the brand featured an up-close black-and-white image of Kaepernick with the words “Believe in something even if means sacrificing everything.” While many were surprised Nike took such a bold stance, there were many who were livid and began destroying their already purchased Nike gear in protest.
Kaep has been signed to Nike since 2011, but the new deal reportedly includes a small apparel deal.
Well done, Colin.