According to HeelByNature, on October 8 WWE Superstar Mia Yim filed a trademark for her own ring name.
Currently, the name ‘Mia Yim’ is owned by WWE itself but ownership of the trademark will expire in December should the company fail to respond to a letter by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The required letter, sent on June 11, has not been responded to at time of writing. It required the promotion to respond with a consent letter and documentation for the designation. The trademark will lapse on December 11 if WWE do not provide the required documentation.
The USPTO issued the following statement:
“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark consists of or comprises a name, portrait, or signature identifying a particular living individual whose written consent to register the mark is not of record.”
The documentation WWE must provide needs to include Yim’s signature which would consent to them owning the ring name she has used since 2009.
The patent information for Yim’s filing reads as follows:
“IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a professional wrestler and entertainer through broadcast media including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service; Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Fan clubs; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing a website featuring entertainment information in the field(s) of sports and entertainment, namely wrestling; Arranging, organizing, conducting, and hosting social entertainment events; Entertainment services, namely, organizing and conducting an array of athletic events rendered live and recorded for the purpose of distribution through broadcast media. FIRST USE: 20090822. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20090822”
Currently, Mia Yim is plying her trade as Reckoning, a member of the vigilante stable RETRIBUTION on Monday Night Raw.
The news comes after WWE filed trademarks for ‘The Game’, Livewire and Main Event.
Inside the Ropes will keep you up to date with Yim’s registration and WWE’s reaction to it.