The mother of 14 wants to have the right to license the nickname used for her in the media

By Johnny Dodd
Updated April 15, 2009 07:45 PM
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Just call her Octomom!

Nadya Suleman, the now-famous mother of octuplets, has filed an application to trademark the word “Octomom.” But she’s not the first to think of it: A Houston-based novelty company beat her to the punch by a month. Still, Suleman’s lawyer says it’s Nadya who has a legitimate claim to the name.

“It’s not going to matter because they had no permission from Nadya, who has the rightful claim to the name ‘Octomom’, ” says Suleman’s attorney Jeff Czech.

Suleman has previously said she disliked being called “Octomom,” but the unemployed mother of 14 realized it could be used to provide a source of revenue for her family. “She’s never warmed to it, but the idea would be for others to use it for licensing,” says Czech. “It’s just a smart thing to do.”

Her application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 10 by Czech, who quickly discovered a similar request had been filed a month earlier. He recently sent a letter to the law firm that filed the request, informing them that their client had no legal rights to the word.

According to Czech, Suleman has been contacted by clothing designers and manufacturers of dolls and infant accessories. “We’ve had phone calls, but it’s a stretch to call them offers,” he says, adding that he’s currently in the midst of negotiations with producers for a reality TV show involving Suleman.