It seems that being Tim Tebow is the owner of his name, and the originator of the one-kneed end zone prayer he is so known for, he should be able to trademark the term “Tebowing”, right? He better hope so, as CNN reports that he is pursuing the trademark for the term.
But what if he’s not actually the one who came up with the term?
One of the first to start the meme was Jared Kleinstein, a Denver-born Broncos fan, living in New York. He started a website, www.tebowing.com, defining Tebow as a verb: “To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” He posted a photo of himself “Tebowing.”
Tebow approved of the growing phenomenon at the time writing, “Love it,” on his Twitter account.
A paper trail of documents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office shows that soon after the meme caught fire last year, Kleinstein filed to trademark “Tebowing” and began to sell apparel with the phrase on it.
So what do you think? Should Tebow be allowed to trademark “Tebowing” or does Kleinstein have a right to it?