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Gabby Douglas

College Kid Took My Nickname

8/18/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If Gabby Douglas wants to cash in on her "Flying Squirrel" nickname ... she's gonna have to battle a college kid who locked up the trademark while Gabby was still competing in the Olympics.

TMZ has learned ... Fordham University business student A.J. Rotonde filed to trademark the phrase on August 6 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for a mere $325.

Rotonde tells us he decided to scoop up Gabby's handle after watching her destroy the competition in London.

A.J. has NO connection to Gabby or U.S. gymnastics, but tells us he plans to slap "Flying Squirrel" on T-shirts and other merchandise -- but before he cashes in the USPTO has to approve his application ... which could take several months.

Gabby can still challenge A.J.'s filing and apply to trademark the phrase herself.

A.J. tells us he'd be happy to sell the TM back to the gymnast ... for the right price, of course.

We called Gabby's camp to see if she's going to go for the block -- but so far, no response.

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Jordan    

The guy did not have to train for 4 years did not have to make the trip to the olympics and he is going to make millions trade marking a name I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.

710 days ago
2.

Really People?    

I hope she gets it and not him. What a pos

710 days ago
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TW    

This Bitch...

710 days ago
4.

Jordan    

Welcome to business Gabby Now it is time to play with the big dogs.

710 days ago
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DirtySouth    

Wait til he sees how worthless the nickname is because of its racist connotations.

710 days ago
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Julie    

What a prick. He's a dirtbag for stealing that right out from under her. Just because you *can* do something doesn't mean you should. I hope Karma has a nasty treat in store for him.

710 days ago
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TMZ Superfan    

WHAT A ********ED, DOUCHEBAG MOVE!!! If I were her I'd DEFINATELY challenge this in court.

710 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

Wow.... That A.J. kid is a complete douchebag.... but good for him!

Hey, if you see an opportunity to make easy money, you should just go for it... regardless if that opportunity came up because of the hard work and previous success of someone else.

So, as I said: douching, opportunistic, yet clever.

710 days ago
9.

namers    

What Would Bullwinkle Do?

710 days ago
10.

Quinn    

A.J. Rotonde is a douche. I think I'm going to trademark that phrase and get a whole bunch of t-shirts made up. - Gabby should challenge it and not give this loser a dime.

710 days ago
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Faye    

Wow. What an ass. I wouldn't buy one of his t-shirts if you paid me to just because he's a jerk.

710 days ago
12.

SAWolf    

Flying squirrel??? That would be Rocky.

710 days ago
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CBA7790    

He's such an ass

710 days ago
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aandradepm    

He might sell to the right amount of money. Why are people so sure that this nick name on merchandise will make millions? I really don't really give a crap and on top of that aren't all we in economic crises? The college kid can keep dreaming is not going to happen.

710 days ago
15.

South Beach    

This is pretty common, so is buying domain names.

Supply and demand people, it's what makes the world go 'round.

710 days ago
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