WWE and All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes has been disputing for a really long time now over the trademark of his in-ring name “Cody Rhodes.” Cody attempted to file to trademark his own name earlier this year but had issues preventing it from happening due to the WWE legally owning his name, despite it officially expiring around the same time.
In October 2009, WWE originally secured to trademark Cody Rhodes’ name, which was valid 10 years and expired in October of 2019. The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) would then provide WWE a six month period to renew, but WWE did not renew in time, causing the trademark to expire.
On April 13th of this year, WWE’s trademark of Cody Rhodes’ name officially expired and on the exact same day, Cody Rhodes tried to trademark his own name once again. A month later, WWE would also attempt to trademark Cody Rhodes’ name, which had expired, and cited COVID-19 as a reason for the delay.
This past Monday, November 2nd, WWE filed a cancellation notice with The USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office) on the trademark of Cody Rhodes’ name. Last Wednesday, HeelByNature.com confirmed this cancelation and now Cody Rhodes has the full rights to use his name anytime he sees fit. Cody Rhodes reportedly has until January 2021 to update this filing.