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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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61.

noel    

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

710 days ago
62.

I luv u RPattz!    

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

710 days ago
63.

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.

710 days ago
64.

liz    

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

709 days ago
65.

SUSAN    

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!!

709 days ago
66.

SUSAN    

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!!

709 days ago
67.

Genjerleigh    

This guy is a douche bag

709 days ago
68.

RandomTandem    

what a douche that guy is!

709 days ago
69.

ralphie the one-eyed    

Rocky already has the TM.

709 days ago
70.

ralphie    

Rocky already has the TM.

708 days ago
71.

PuffMomma    

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!

708 days ago
72.

Ray    

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!!

708 days ago
73.

rsmik    

capitalism, baby

705 days ago
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