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Gabby Douglas

College Kid Took My Nickname

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

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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I luv u RPattz!    

What is up with these athletes trademarking catch-phrases and nicknames?

732 days ago

Poor Leno    

A.J. Rotonde well done i would done the same thing and i see you have an eye for business, you will reach beyond anything you ever imagined.

732 days ago


smart dude..
the 'flying squirrel', am i the only one who finds this hilariously derogatory ... heh

732 days ago


I have never made a comment before because I always thought the comments were made by a bunch of losers that had too much time on their hands. It has now been confirmed!!
Do people realize the country we live in??
It's the land of oppurtunity!!
My ansestors risked their lives to live in this counrty!! Hats off to this smart youbng college kid!!

732 days ago


I have never taken the time for comments. I have always viewed them as comments made from losers with too much time on their hands. After reading just a few my thoughts have been confirmed!
I am not sure if you are aware that we live in America..the land of oppurtunity??
Our ancestors risked their lives to live here!!
Hats off to this smart young college kid!!
If you are reading this but I am sure you are too smart to waste your time..Good Luck!
Everyone else is jealous!!

732 days ago


This guy is a douche bag

731 days ago


what a douche that guy is!

731 days ago

ralphie the one-eyed    

Rocky already has the TM.

731 days ago


Rocky already has the TM.

731 days ago


Hats off to AJ! We send our kids to school to become educated and identify opportunities/ innovative ways to make money. If I were Gabby, I would hire AJ to lead my marketing and sales team. He's more effective than her current advisors!

731 days ago


Yes, one douchbag comes out of no where to cash in on the golden girl Gabby Douglas! Well, Gabby will simply tell the so-called college kid "The name 'Flying Squirrel' was given to me by my gymnastics coach following my performance! So, go and iron it out with him!!! What about that! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

730 days ago


capitalism, baby

728 days ago
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