Kevin Durant, Nike Sued By Guitarist Over 'Durantula' Mark

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT) -- A Chicago guitarist who goes by the name Durantula sued National Basketball Association star Kevin Durant and Nike Inc. in Illinois federal court Wednesday, accusing the three-time scoring champion of stealing his trademarked stage name.

Mark Durante says he's used the name Durantula for 19 years, first as a performance nickname in bands like the Revolting Cocks and later as his actual recording persona, and that he registered it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.

Despite his trademark protection, Durante says Nike has...
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