Kobe Bryant To Battle Pharma Company Over "Black Mamba" Trademark

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Kobe Bryant went through most of his NBA career with the nickname "Black Mamba" thanks to his competitive spirit and ability to demoralize opponents seemingly at will. Bryant appears to be quite protective of this nickname as recently, he went to war with Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals who are currently applying for a trademark to the name "Black Mamba HYPERRUSH." Bryant believes the company is leeching off of his infamous nickname although for now, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is ruling against him.

The board made three cases as to why they would let Hi-Tech continue with their request. "There is evidence in the record that: (1) Opposer admits that there is a species of snake known as BLACK MAMBA; (2) Bryant derived his nickname BLACK MAMBA from the Quentin Tarantino movie Kill Bill and (3) BLACK MAMBA is also the nickname of the boxer Roger Mayweather." 

It appears as though these two have been battling it out since 2017 and now, they will be going to court where a judge will handle the case. Hi-Tech has called Bryant a bully for what his tactics in battling this case although Kobe maintains the use of the "Black Mamba" name could confuse people. 

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kobe is informing the court he is attempting to work out a deal with the pharma company Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals over his famous nickname. 

The document reads, “The parties are actively engaged in negotiations for the settlement of this matter. Kobe, Inc. requests that this proceeding be suspended for 30 days to allow the parties to continue their settlement efforts.”
Back in December, the NBA legend suffered a huge setback in the battle over “Black Mamba.” The United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Bryant’s attempt to wrap up the battle.
Bryant has been fighting the pharmaceutical company Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals for years. Hi-Tech has been attempting to trademark “Black Mamba HYPERRUSH.” Bryant is fighting them being able to trademark it, accusing them of ripping off his famous nickname.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office shut down Kobe’s motion for summary judgment asking for them to void Hi-Tech’s trademark applications. They said the case would move forward and the parties would go to trial. They believe the evidence shows there is still much to be determined.

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