Jeremy Lin To Be Sole Owner of ‘Linsanity’ Trademark
Orange County – The various individuals who filed ‘Linsanity’ trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office back in February 2012 will be narrowed down to one remaining applicant. Jeremy Lin’s trademark application for ‘Linsanity’ will be the only one granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Although many applications still show a ‘live’ status, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued office actions which state the reason for the refusals to anyone other than Jeremy Lin. An office action in one of the ‘Linsanity’ applications states, “Registration is refused because the applied-for trademark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Jeremy Lin. Although Jeremy Lin is not connected with the goods provided by applicant under the applied-for trademark, the term LINSANITY has been so widely used in connection with Jeremy Lin that consumers would presume a connection to Mr. Lin if they see the term LINSANITY on the identified goods.”
The popularity associated with New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin in February 2012 caused the frenzy that became known as ‘Linsanity’. The Knicks guard went from being a bench player to ultimately saving the game on February 4, 2012 against the New Jersey Nets and contributed 25 points that resulted in a win for the Knicks. After this game several applicants filed applications to trademark the term ‘Linsanity’. Jeremy Lin soon followed and is listed as the owner in the live trademark applications for ‘Jeremy Lin’, ‘Linsanity’, and ‘JLin’.
Pamela Deese, Lin’s trademark attorney stated of the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s decision, “We’re delighted” and “This is the right result.” “It’s not only Linsanity, but all Lin-related trademarks. Having a clean slate with rights in place makes it a lot easier to negotiate licenses and endorsements deals.”
Lin, the first Taiwanese American to play in the National Basketball Association, has recently taken a medical leave hiatus from the NBA due to a tear in his left meniscus. Despite the recovery time from his knee injury, Lin is said to still be a part of the New York Knicks team even though his future with the Knicks has recently been questioned since Lin is a restricted free agent. Glen Grunwald, the General Manager for the New York Knicks, stated of the 23 year old, “We can keep him if we want him, and we do want to keep him, and I believe that Jeremy had a great experience here. I believe he wants to come back.”
Either way, we can be sure that there will be more “Linsanity” in the future.
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