Snooki, a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi, star of the breakout “Jersey Shore” TV show, has reportedly tried to trademark her nickname. Officials rejected the claim.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said she could not claim the name “Snooki” for legal and business documents, as there is a cartoon cat trademarked with the name “Snooky,” The Smoking Gun reported.
The cat appeared in the 2004 children's book “Adventures of Snooky” and officials say there could be some confusion between the cartoon cat and the reality TV star.
Even though the the two names “Snooki” and “Snooky” are spelled differently, officials maintained there could still be a “likelihood of confusion,” the legal document said.
However, Snooki can still try to legally reclaim her nickname, and “may respond to the refusal by submitting evidence and arguments in support of registration,” according to the legal document.