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Tebow Mania TRO’d

29 Mar

An order issued Wednesday evening will now temporarily restrain Reebok International Inc. from selling any apparel that bears the “Tebow” trademark name, leaving Nike Inc. with exclusive control over the product.

“The order issued late Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel prevents Reebok from manufacturing, selling and shipping the alleged unauthorized apparel for the National Football League team and bearing Tebow’s name.  It also requires Reebok to offer to buy back such apparel from retailers, and recall the products from shipping channels.  The judge set an April 4 hearing to discuss whether the ban should be extended.”

The full article can be found at this link.

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“Linsanity” Trademark ?

16 Feb

Yenchin Chang and Andrew W. Slayton are two individuals that have sought to Trademark New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.  While Yenchin Chang is not associated with Jeremy Lin, Andrew Slayton was a former high school coach of Lin’s and has even registered several domain names where items related to the point guard are being sold.

“In the latest attempt to game the U.S. trademark system, Jeremy Lin followers are making their own play to profit on the Knicks’ sensation.  Earning the rights to the term most associated with Lin’s instant celebrity could mean big bucks in royalties for its usage on merchandise like T-shirts and hats.  One trademark attorney in the story doubted either would win, calling the moves a “bad-faith” attempt to make money off of Lin’s emergence.”

The full story from The Huffington Post can be found at this link.

Sports Artist and University of Alabama Continue Battle in Trademark Lawsuit

10 Feb

Prior to 2000, sports artist Daniel Moore worked with the University of Alabama to draw images commemorating various univeresity teams, most notably football players in crimson and white uniforms.  In 2000 the university and Moore broke ties and in 2005 Moore was sued by the university.  The university sought to prevent Moore from selling posters made from his paintings without obtaining a license from the university.  The university also challenged his use of the images on various items including coffee mugs and t-shirts.

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