Giannis Antetokounmpo sues for ‘Greek Freak’ infringement

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NEW YORK — Milwaukee Bucks star player Giannis Antetokounmpo, two-time MVP and reigning NBA champion, known as the “Greek Freak,” is suing Leaf Trading Cards for trademark infringement, Boardroom reported Jan. 17.

Antetokounmpo, 27, “is suing Leaf Trading Cards LLC in federal court Monday in the Southern District of New York for trademark infringement through the unauthorized use of his world-famous nickname ‘Greek Freak,'” attorney Josh Gerben of Gerben Intellectual Property,” Boardroom reported, adding that “the lawsuit alleges that Antetokounmpo and Leaf ‘entered into an intellectual property licensing agreement’ in May 2013, a month before Milwaukee made him the 15th pick in the draft. NBA, but the deal was terminated in May 2014 and not renewed.”

“Nevertheless, without Antetokounmpo’s knowledge, consent or compensation, Leaf continued to sell items bearing the Greek Freak trademark and Antetokounmpo’s name, nickname, image and likeness,” the report reads. document, Boardroom reported.

Antetokounmpo, “represented by New York-based law firm Pardalis & Nohavicka, sued for trademark infringement, federal trademark dilution, and interference with potential economic benefit, and to confuse and deceive the public that Leaf and the two-time MVP were still associated,” Boardroom reported, adding that “the lawsuit alleges that Antetokounmpo sent Leaf a cease and desist letter on or about August 16, 2021, and then responded but “did not cooperate with Antetokounmpo’s reasonable requests”.

“Last month, Antetokounmpo won a similar trademark infringement lawsuit against a pair that sold ‘Greek Freak’ and ‘Greek Fr34k’ items on Etsy,” Boardroom reported, noting that “Giannis allegedly filed nearly 50 lawsuits in over the past two years against people or companies who have misused his brand name.

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