Texas A&M's '12th Man' Seems To Be A Lawyer

Here's how trademarks work: you apply for one, if nobody in the general public knows that you've applied for one and objects to your ownership rights over a word, phrase or symbol, and the trademark examiners don't find a competing mark, you get it. Later, you have to hassle people in order to keep it. Very rarely,… » 7/02/14 12:51pm 7/02/14 12:51pm

Patent Office Rules Against Redskins, Cancels Trademark

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled today in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc., a suit brought by a group of Native Americans seeking to have the Washington Redskins' trademarks canceled on the grounds that the name is disparaging. The plaintiffs achieved a major victory:… » 6/18/14 10:00am 6/18/14 10:00am

Syracuse Tries To Trademark "Orange;" Other Orange Schools Don't Like It

You can trademark anything these days. Pat Riley, of course, owns "three-peat." Michael Strahan has "Stomp You Out." Jared Allen registered "Got Strange?" But owning a swath of the color spectrum is mighty presumptuous. Since Syracuse dropped the "men" from "Orangemen," the school has been trying to do just that.… » 3/23/11 1:05pm 3/23/11 1:05pm

Bart Scott Now Owns The Rights To The Phrase "Can't Wait!"

Sal Paolantonio interviewed Bart Scott back in January, after the Jets defeated the Patriots, 28-21 in the AFC semifinals. As the ESPN YouTube video would have us believe, Scott "literally [flew] over" to Paolantonio, talked about nosebleeds and believing for a bit, and ended his shining moment with an exuberant… » 3/04/11 7:10pm 3/04/11 7:10pm