John Oliver Gleefully Recaps Dan Snyder's "DICK BALLS" Legal Filing

We noted earlier this week a comically vulgar legal defense levied by NFL owner Dan Snyder to retain the “Washington Redskins” trademark, and HBO comic John Oliver covered the topic on his Last Week Tonight program. The organization’s point becomes even more clear when spoken out loud; Dan Snyder wants to clearly… »11/08/15 11:37pm11/08/15 11:37pm


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 12:51pm7/02/14 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 10:00am6/18/14 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 1:05pm3/23/11 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 7:10pm3/04/11 7:10pm