Backstage Update On The Trademarks Filed By Matt Hardy, WWE & GFW

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While there have been recent reports about Global Force Wrestling having their trademark filings rejected in regards to the Hardy Boyz, that is information being leaked out by the Hardy camp based on conversations they've had with the attorney assigned to the filing by the US Patent & Trademark Office.

As things stand how however, the filings are still listed as live and a ruling has not been published.

On April 28, 2017, TNA Entertainment filed for trademarks on the terms BROKEN BRILLIANCE, BROTHER NERO, BROKEN MATT and VANGUARD1. It can often take six months to well over a year for the assigned attorney to rule on the registration.

On March 1, 2017, Matthew Hardy filed for a trademark on the term BROKEN MATT HARDY.

None of these submissions have been officially rejected or accepted, nor have any of the parties withdrawn their submissions.

While both sides of the impasse continue to fight a public relations battle in interviews and via back channel leaks, nothing has been decided and while a ruling can come at any time, the process can often be very slow as the USPTO doesn't have enough attorneys to handle all of the filings they receive, which is what causes the long waits.

CJ's Chitchat: Is this the story of the year? I thought for sure it would be settled before SummerSlam. People have been quick to side with The Hardy's or GFW officials, but quite frankly, I don't know who to believe at this point. Unfortunately this whole gimmick situation looks to have possibly affected the booking of The Hardy's. They dropped the Tag Team Titles earlier this summer, and now they're not currently booked for SummerSlam. Just to settle it, I would be fine with Matt and Jeff continuing to use the "woken" gimmick instead. I mean, it works. Especially given that it's an (odd) popular term these days. Hopefully soon both parties will let bygones be bygones... and Reby will keep her mouth shut.

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