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Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis is facing a court battle over his right to use his Special K nickname commercially.

Source: Special K: tennis player in legal battle with Kellogg’s over nickname | Sport | The Guardian

The court stoush, which has been set down for mediation, was triggered by a trade mark office ruling in April quashing Kellogg’s challenge to Kokkinakis’ trademark. Kokkinakis’ lawyer Garry Winter submitted to the trade mark hearing that the South Australian tennis ace had been given the nickname ‘Special K’ to “reflect his talent”. “Kokkinakis seeks to use the trade mark to market various sporting goods in accordance with the applicant’s goods and services,” Mr Winter said in the declaration filed as part of the proceedings.

Source: Lawyer for Special K defends tennis ace’s trade mark name | Adelaide Now