Trademark Filed By Shaq's Son Shaqir O'Neal Hit With Notice Of Opposition From The Company That Owns His Father's Likeness
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Trademark Filed By Shaq's Son Shaqir O'Neal Hit With Notice Of Opposition From The Company That Owns His Father's Likeness

Jay-Z once said, “Nobody wins when the family feuds.” And there may be some dissension in the O’Neal camp.

Based on a Notice of Opposition from Authentic Brands Group (ABG), the company that represents Shaquille O’Neal’s likeness, wants to put an end to the pending trademark application filed by his son, Shaqir O’Neal.

But is this really beef between father and son? Of course not.

Based on information from attorney Josh Gerben, the root of the issues appears to be between the two teams that represent the separate O’Neal men.

What's Going On?

The NBA Legend and sports commentator’s son Shaqir, represented by Mine O Mine LLC, filed a trademark application for his name and likeness. However, ABG thinks the names and likeness are too similar, and consumers would be confused.

Since ABG believes the names are “confusingly similar,” the organization has filed a Notice of Opposition for Shaqir to press pause on its trademark application.

According to research and tweeted information from Gerben, the official notice “concludes by claiming that the ‘purchasing public’ will ‘erroneously assume’ that goods and services offered under the ‘SHAQIR O’NEAL’ trademark are connected to Authentic Brands Group.”

The Future Is Unclear

Based on a previous report from ESPN, the former Los Angeles Lakers center sold the rights to his brand to the management group in 2015.

Along with the acquisition from ABG, Shaq is a prominent shareholder in the company. ABG also has licensing rights for the names of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and several other high-profile celebrities.

There have been no statements made directly from either of the O’Neal men. However, based on the legal expertise of Josh Gerben, this will all likely be handled outside of the courtroom.