IPNews®- Former Jacksonville Jaguars player Dan Skuta is trying to trademark the term “Sacksonville” against the wishes of the Jaguars.

After Skuta abandoned his application in 2016, he re-applied for the trademark and then filed an opposition to the Jaguars’ application. Skuta states that he has been selling merchandise featuring the Sacksonville logo since 2015 with the full support of the team. To continue reading, click: A Former Jaguars NFL Player Claims He Owns the Trademark “Sacksonville”

football.jpgIPNews® – The NFL is being threatened with a trademark lawsuit by a company it has a history with called Barstool Sports.

Recently, the NFL began selling shirts that use the phrase “Sundays are for the Boys”.  Barstool Sports has taken issue with this, since it has long sold a shirt that contains the phrase “Saturdays are for the Boys”.   To continue reading, click: Barstool Sports threatens NFL with Trademark Lawsuit

football.jpgIPNews® – The San Diego Chargers have applied for the Los Angeles Charges trademark.  The team remains the San Diego Chargers for now, but the Rams and Chargers are currently in negotiations that would move the Chargers to Los Angeles.

While at first the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles appeared inevitable, recent reports suggest that the teams have reached an impasse which would mean that the Chargers will stay in San Diego after all.  To continue reading, click:  Chargers File for Los Angeles Chargers Trademark

football.jpgIPNews® – In its wildcard playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, it appears that the Denver Broncos committed a foul against Texas A&M University. 

Just before the game a man parachuted into the stadium with a banner using the “12th Man” phrase which is a trademark owned by the University.  Texas A&M’s rights in the name date back to an incident in 1922 when a former player was called from the stands to suit up for the team.  To continue reading, click: Texas A&M Tells Broncos Not to Use 12th Man Trademark.

football.jpgSan Diego – In a domain name dispute between the Cleveland Browns and an alleged cyber-squatter, the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) ordered that the domain name Browns.com be transferred from an Andrea Denise Dinoia to the Cleveland Browns.

The team filed a complaint in March alleging long standing rights to the CLEVELAND BROWNS and BROWNS trademarks and that the use of the Browns.com domain name by defendant was confusing the public.  Perhaps not surprisingly, Ms. Diniola, who is a resident of Pineta, Italy, did not respond to the complaint.  Prior to Ms. Dinoia, the domain name was registered to Gioaccino Zerbo who was using it to sell NFL merchandise.  That was definitely an unwise move and pretty much sealed the fate of the domain name.  Had the registrants used the domain name for a website related to the color brown, or had they not hosted a website there at all, they likely would have been able to retain ownership.

The team has not yet taken control of the domain name as the current www.browns.com website remains a one page site in Italian.  In addition to finding that the respondents had no legitimate rights or interest in the domain name and that confusion among consumers was likely, WIPO held that the timing of the transfer of the domain name from Zerbo to Diniola was evidence of bad faith due to the impending legal action. 

Even with the NFL strike in full swing, and the preseason not yet here, the Browns still found a way to get a win.