— Karen Brennan, Attorney
Shaun White recently won gold in Vancouver in the halfpipe with a near-perfect score. At 23, this already his second Olympic games and his second gold metal in this event. Since 2002, he has also won 9 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze medals in the X Games. Anyone who saw him in the Olympics has to be as awe-struck as I am.
He has many “trademarks,” including the name Flying Tomato for his long red hair or, more recently, Animal. His most recent trademark is a move – the Double McTwist 1260 (see him perform it here). While the “McTwist” isn’t his to claim (move invented by a skateboarder 25 years ago), he is the first and only to perform the Double McTwist 1260, a two board-over-head flips inside of 3 1/2 turns. Apparently, he developed this move over two years before he tried it out at the Grand Prix in Park City, Utah a month before the Olympics.
While he can’t really protect his “trademark” move, maybe he can own it by virtue of the fact that no one else can do it. He has already suggested he might be back in 2014 with more new moves.