Colin Kaepernick files to trademark image of his face

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Free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed to trademark a black-and-white image of his face for use on various products intended for sale to the public, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Filed through Kaepernick’s company, Inked Flash, the request notes that the image could be used on T-shirts, pillow cases, clothing, jewelry and various other items. The filing also notes the image could show up in “workshops and seminars in self-empowerment and awareness,” as well as on “a website featuring information about education, social activism, self-empowerment and awareness.”

ESPN was first to report the trademark filing.

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Kaepernick, 30, knelt during the national anthem throughout the 2016 NFL season to protest social injustice and police brutality, kicking off a wave of similar demonstrations from other players. He has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback currently stars in a Nike campaign commemorating the 30th anniversary of the apparel giant’s “Just Do It” slogan. The campaign drew a mixed reaction on social media and sharp criticism from President Trump, but Nike CEO Mark Parker said during a recent conference call that the advertisements were driving “record engagement” among consumers.

Kaepernick is currently suing the NFL, alleging the league’s 32 owners have conspired to keep him from signing a contract due to his role in the protests.

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