Following the rather surprising news that Kobe Bryant, LLC would no longer be working with Nike, it has now been revealed that Kobe Bryant’s estate has filed for its own footwear and apparel trademark, as well for multiple logos.
Bryant’s estate had reportedly become frustrated with Nike over the lack of availability of Kobe’s gear during his retirement and after his death, as well as a lack of sneakers being produced in children’s sizes.
Kobe’s wife Vanessa posted on social media that she had hoped to “forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects [her] husband’s legacy,” but was apparently unable to come to terms that were agreeable.
On Tuesday it was revealed the Kobe’s estate had already filed for trademarks for its own footwear and apparel including items such as shirts, pants, shorts, socks, hoodies, headwear, and sneakers.
Kobe Bryant, LLC has filed trademarks for footwear and apparel. pic.twitter.com/s9OUuEEFxB
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) April 20, 2021
Also among the trademark filings were a list that includes Kobe Bryant, Mamba, Mamba League, Play Gigi’s Way, Mambacita, Baby Mambas, as well numerous logos and Kobe Bryant’s signature
According to intellectual property attorney Josh Gerben, 32 different trademarks have been filed by the estate.
“The filings would suggest Vanessa [Bryant] is building an IP portfolio for a new brand launch,” Gerben told CNBC.
Gerben added that these trademarks were filed under “intent to use,” which he says in a tweet, “suggest that Kobe’s estate (Vanessa) is building an IP portfolio for a new brand launch.”
These trademark filings would appear to follow what entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar claimed about Kobe’s plans in December 2019 for starting his own sneaker company prior to his death.
I met with Kobe Bryant in late December 2019. Kobe wasn’t happy with Nike and was going to leave it in 2020. Kobe was going to start Mamba, a shoe company owned by players. He passed away weeks later. What he was about to do in business was going to eclipse his sports career.
— Shervin Pishevar (@shervin) December 29, 2020