Kobe Bryant files trademark for “Black Mamba” nickname

kobe-bryant-courtKobe Bryant’s “Kobe Inc.” company has officially filed documents to trademark the “Black Mamba” nickname that Bryant has been using in the NBA for years.

Surprisingly, Bryant has never actually trademarketed his nickname, until now.

According to ESPN, the company filed for the trademark May 2, a record with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows, with intent to use the nickname on everything from athletic apparel to sneakers.

Now retired, Bryant seems to be looking to expand his business interests. One of the steps is trademarking the “Black Mamba”.

Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA following a 20-year career with the LA Lakers. Bryant was a 18-time NBA All-Star and won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers.

He played in 1346 NBA games (started 1198), averaging 25 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.7 apg in 36.1 mpg. According to Basketball Reference, Bryant earned over $300 million over his NBA career.

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