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Posts Tagged: "major league baseball"

Stan Honey, Inventor of the 1st & 10 Yellow Line First Down Marker

Stan Honey’s advances in sports graphics technology are outlined in the patent for which he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. U.S. Patent No. 6141060, titled Method and Apparatus for Adding a Graphic Indication of a First Down to a Live Video of a Football Game, issued October 31st, 2000, covers a method for adding a graphic indication of a first down to a live video of a football game by receiving an indication of a location on a football field corresponding to said first down, sensing first field of view data using field of view sensors that don’t use pattern recognition, determining a first position in the live video corresponding to the first down location at a first time, creating a first graphic of a line in real time for the live video and adding the first graphic to the live video based on the first position.

MLBPA Files Opposition at TTAB over ‘Here Comes the Judge’ Trademark Application

On March 21st, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) filed a formal notice of opposition at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to challenge a federal trademark application filed by Michael P. Chisena of Garden City, NY. The trademark application, U.S. Trademark Application No. 87528440, seeks to protect the use of the standard character mark “HERE COMES THE JUDGE” in commerce on clothing including T-shirts, jerseys, athletic uniforms and caps.

Chicago Cubs continue trademark enforcement activities with 49 TTAB petitions in 2016

Cubs fans have been able to “fly the W” a number of times this postseason, referring to the win flag that is raised at Wrigley Stadium after every Cubs win. This “W” forms the basis of another TTAB challenge recently filed by the baseball organization. On the same day that it filed a TTAB challenge against CopyClear, the Cubs also filed a petition challenging U.S. Trademark Serial No. 86705124, a mark filed last July 2015 by design firm Laserwave Graphics of New Brunswick, NJ. It covers the use of an illustration including wording which consists of a large stylized “W” within a circle. Laserwave Graphics has registered the mark to be used on watches, including jewelry watches and watch parts, online retail store services featuring watches and providing a website featuring computer application software which can be used to design and purchase watches.

Cubs, MLB seek ex parte seizure of counterfeit merchandise sold outside Wrigley Field

There are a large number of trademarks owned both by the Cubs and by MLB which are being infringed upon, according to the suit. The Cubs want to prevent the sale of goods including indicia associated with the team including famous former players like Ryne Sandberg and Ernie Banks; references to team successes like 1908, the last year in which the Cubs won the World Series; traditions like the “W” flag or “Go Cubs Go”; broadcast personalities; and famous Cubs managers. The Cubs are also looking to block goods depicting Wrigley Field as the Cubs own word and design marks related to the stadium, its iconic marquee and its ivy-covered red brick walls.

NFL Players vs. Owners: A Hail Mary of a Lawsuit

About 10 years ago, the NFLP decided that they wanted Reebok (and only Reebok) to make hats with the teams’ logos on them. American Needle, Inc., a competitor of Reebok, had been making these types of hats for the NFL for a really long time, and as a result of the NFLP’s deal with Reebok, it lost its contract with NFLP to make said hats. American Needle, Inc. did not have much of a sense of humor about this and sued the NFL under Antitrust principles. Enter American Needle v. National Football League et al. Needle is a big case because if the NFL had gotten what it asked for, the player’s union wouldn’t have been able to decertify and the players wouldn’t have been able to bring an antitrust suit.

Major League Baseball Sues Donruss Over Trademarks

Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. recently sued Donruss Playoff, LP and Donruss LLC alleging that Donruss, a former licensee of MLB with respect to baseball trading cards, has continued to make and distribute baseball cards that use images of Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball players in their team’s proprietary uniforms, thereby infringing up on the trademarks owned by…