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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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46.

Love it    

The only thing I have to say is that a.j. is a B*T*H!! That is why I put his name in small letters because he is a small PERSON, notice I did not say a MAN because a REAL MEN would not do that LAME ASS ST** PUNK.

764 days ago
47.

StephT    

This is funny because in Richmond VA, the baseball team is the Flying Squirrels....

764 days ago
48.

George    

Well my first responce was when I was watching an interview with Gabby and some sports announcer or other was that of Rocket J Squirrellof the Rocky and Bulwincle cartoon ,hence the Flying Squirrel moniker which when watching Gabby perform her Routines seemed highly appropriate and was certainly earned and not bought.

764 days ago
49.

KAREN SANDERS    

My daughter played volleyball and she had the nickname "flying squirrel" for many years - even has a hoodie made with the name on it from 8 or 9 years ago. Lots of people have this nickname.

764 days ago
50.

JBibb12    

hope she fixes her buckteeth.

763 days ago
51.

vtajen    

One MORE reason why this country has been destroyed by capitalism. What one person sees as opportunistic another person sees as morally corrupt. Gotta love the USA!! This guys' life must really be THAT sad.

763 days ago
52.

Thomas    

If AJ Rotonde is supposed to be the applicant, then why does the trademark application refer to the applicant as Joseph Michael Rotonde?

763 days ago
53.

Sonja    

Getting so sick of these stupid trademark cases... you shouldn't just randomly file and be allowed to 'own' any name or saying or whatever unless you have a direct provable connection to it. It's getting a bit ridiculous.

763 days ago
54.

dynahog    

Reads like ID theft. A good lawyer can handle it for our Olympics champ.

763 days ago
55.

truth hurts    

That's what's wrong with this country..He's trying to make a buck off of her labor. Sounds familiar.

763 days ago
56.

Kat    

What a JERK. Guess what everyone!!! You can let him know how you really feel ---- He is on Facebook. Just match his name up with the school from the story.

763 days ago
57.

ohreally    

A$$hole....

763 days ago
58.

Phatrick    

Sounds like a Jewish move....and I'm Jewish!!

763 days ago
59.

teresa017    

my buddy's step-aunt earned $14861 the previous month. she is making money on the internet and bought a $355300 house. All she did was get fortunate and put to use the instructions made clear on this site NuttyRich.com

763 days ago
60.

noel    

This is why I don't like white people. Money hungry opportunist.

763 days ago
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