Posts Tagged: pro football


Trademark Application filed for ‘FitzMagic’, but not by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Whether Ryan Fitzpatrick opposes or otherwise challenges Minkah Fitzpatrick's registration of FitzMagic, one has to question the wisdom of seeking a trademark that NFL fans will associate …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door to Additional Constitutional Challenges to the Lanham Act

The Supreme Court ruled that the anti-disparagement clause in the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause in the First Amendment. Matal v. Tam. As a result, …
By Damian R LaPlaca
2 years ago 0

Industry Reaction to SCOTUS First Amendment Decision in Matal v. Tam

Lauren Emerson, Baker Botts, LLP: "Today’s decision, while not surprising, is momentous, as any decision striking a longstanding legislative provision based on freedom of speech would …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
2 years ago 8

New England Patriots earn trademarks to promote a 19-0 perfect season that never was

On December 6th, 2016, the USPTO registered U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5095619, which protects the use of the standard character mark “PERFECT SEASON” in commerce. One week later …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 5

Supreme Court to Consider “Disparaging” Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to review a Federal Circuit ruling that held unconstitutional a law prohibiting registration of trademarks that “may disparage” people or …

How head impacts challenge the NFL to improve helmet innovation

The harder and more unbreakable the helmet the better it is to protect from a cosmetic standpoint, but the more likely the helmet will transfer the power …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Seattle Football and The Twelfth Man Trademark

As part of the settlement agreement, Seattle can use the number 12, and whatever rendition of 12 it wishes, so long as it sufficiently distinguishes whatever mark it comes …
By Beth Hutchens
5 years ago 11

Concussion Science, Stagnant Helmet Innovation and the NFL

Much of the science behind how concussions are sustained is still underdeveloped, but rotational forces created on the brain when a body sustains an off-center hit may …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 8

Follow Friday: IP Tweeters You Should Follow on Twitter

If you are a user of Twitter you have probably seen more than a few tweets using "#FF" followed by a number of names. #FF stands for "…
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 2

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 …
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 4

Washington Redskins Win, Can Keep Trademark

As a fan of the Dallas Cowboys it is hard to write about a Redskins victory, but the victory scored by Pro-Football, Inc. on behalf of the …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 8