DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE FILES “SPACE FORCE” LOGO TRADEMARKS
Orange County – On July 21, the Department of the Air Force filed two more trademarks for its Space Force branch. The Air Force’s latest two trademark filings, serial number 90064981 and 90064998, are variations of the newest military branch’s logo. The Air Force unveiled these designs at the Pentagon on July 22.
The new logo has an arrow pointing up and a star in the center of the arrow. The design represents Polaris, the north star. The elements of this logo invoke the history of the Air Force and the space domain. If granted, th Read the rest
MIKE TYSON FILES TRADEMARK FOR “MIKE TYSON’S LEGENDS ONLY LEAGUE”
Los Angeles – Eros Innovations LLC has recently filed 21 trademarks for “Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League.” This league, first announced in late July, will feature competitions between retired athletes. Although the Legends Only League is championed by Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world, the intention of the league is to host famous athletes from a number of different sports, including tennis, basketball, and boxing.
Eros Innovations filed three different types of trademarks bearing the Legends Only League moniker: a standard character mark protecting “Mike Tyson’s Read the rest
WASHINGTON, DC NFL TEAM FILES TRADEMARK FOR “WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM”
San Diego – On July 23, 2020, the trademark for “Washington Football Team” was filed with the USPTO under application number 90069568. This move came as Pro Football, Inc., the corporate owner of the NFL team, has come under the national spotlight again regarding its previous name, the Washington Redskins.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the United States in the summer of 2020, FedEx, the team’s stadium sponsor, threatened to withdraw funding if the team did not change its name. Shortly after the ultimatum, on July 13 2020, the football team announced it would retire the 87-year-old name and rebrand Read the rest
TOM BRADY FILES MULTIPLE TOMPA BAY RELATED TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS
San Diego – It was shocking news when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added former New England Patriot QB Tom Brady in free agency. Brady played for the Patriots for 20 seasons, the longest in NFL history that any quarterback had ever played for one NFL team. Upon his arrival, Brady quickly filed multiple trademark applications related to his new town.
Brady is currently seeking the trademark rights to TB x TB which was filed on March 20th by Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC, and Tompa Bay and Tampa Brady which were filed on April 6th by TEB Capital Management, Inc. which is Tom Brady’s company. The TB x TB trademark was filed in re Read the rest
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE DROP SUSSEX ROYAL TRADEMARK
Orange County – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised the world recently with their decision to leave the Royal Family. One complication with the decision was what to do with their recent trademark filings for Sussex Royal. The Sussex Royal brand was created as part of a business venture but with the decision to no longer be royals, they have decided to abandon the trademarks.
In statements, both Harry and Meghan have expressed their unconditional support to the Queen. However, they will no longer be in collaboration with the Commonwealth duties. It appears that the royal family decided it would Read the rest
OHIO STATE ATTEMPTS TO TRADEMARK “THE”
Los Angeles – Ohio State University has been calling itself “The” Ohio State University for quite some time. “The” appears on all published materials, such as the school’s seal, logos, and most of their promotional material. Recently the college decided to take the next step with “The” by filing a trademark application – for that word alone.
And so in the beginning of August, Ohio State filed U.S. Trademark Application Serial number 88571984 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to trademark perhaps the most familiar three-letter word in the English language – The.
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LEBRON JAMES’ TRADEMARK APPLICATION FOR TACO TUESDAY DENIED
Orange County – Taco Tuesday is a day that many look forward to. LeBron James in particular has been very enthusiastic about Taco Tuesday in recent months. LeBron often uses the term on Instagram to share with his followers when it is his family’s designated taco night. LeBron seems to enjoy the day so much that on August 15, 2019 he filed a trademark application for Taco Tuesday. However, on September 11, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) issued an office action refusing the application.
LeBron filed the trademark application through a company called LBJ Trademarks, LLC. The application seeks prote Read the rest
TOM BRADY CAN’T GET TOM TERRIFIC TRADEMARK
San Diego – Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has failed in his attempt to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific.” While Mr. Brady believed that the outcome would be in his favor, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied his request. It was revealed that the USPTO denied Tom Brady’s request because the nickname was already associated with Tom Seaver, the former pitcher for the New York Mets.
The USPTO stated that it denied the application because the “Tom Terrific” nickname would falsely suggest a connection between Mr. Seaver and Mr. Brady. The USPTO stressed tha Read the rest
MCDONALDS LOSES THE BIGMAC TRADEMARK IN EUROPE
Orange County – In Europe, McDonald’s has held the trademark for the term “BIG MAC” since 1998. However, the trademark was recently lost after the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s (EUIPO) decision to revoke the trademark in response to a cancellation filed by an Irish fast-food chain called Supermac’s.
History of the Big Mac
The Big Mac is the invention of Jim Deligatti, who owned a McDonald’s franchise in Pittsburgh. The sandwich debuted in 1967, and despite its decidedly un-catchy original names, such as “Blue Ribbon Burger” and “Aristocrat,” it became popular Read the rest
SUPREME COURT FACES DECISION ON TRADEMARK PROTECTION OF ‘SCANDALOUS’ BRANDS
Los Angeles – In January 2019, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding whether portions of the Lanham Act that prohibits “scandalous” or “immoral” trademarks from receiving trademark protection are constitutional.
The case, Iancu v. Brunetti¸ centers around the decision of the U.S. Trademark Office to deny trademark registration to FUCT, a clothing company founded in Los Angeles in 1990. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has already struck down portions of the law prohibiting Read the rest