Roger Federer is one of the most famous athletes of all time. He currently has won more majors than any male tennis player in the “Open Era,” and he is admired all over the world, not only for his excellence on the court but also for his humble attitude and family man persona off the court. Also, his initials are RF. Ordinarily this would be a banal detail if it weren’t for the fact that sportswear giant Nike currently owns the rights to a stylized version of Federer’s initials: the RF logo. In March 2018, Roger Federer and Nike’s 21-year relationship ended, and in June 2018, Federer entered into a $300 million deal with Uniqlo, a Japanese clothing company. Although Nike no longer has a clothing contract with Federer, Nike still owns the trademark registration in the iconic stylized RF logo in various registries across the world in classes of use covering clothing and footwear. (more…)
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