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NFL pressures man over trademarks [HarBowl]
ESPN ^ | Updated: January 23, 2013, 5:16 PM ET | By Darren Rovell

Posted on 01/25/2013 11:03:32 AM PST by Red Badger

The NFL pressured an Indiana man to give up his quest to trademark "Harbowl," even though the man might have had a legal right to do so.

Last February, Roy Fox said he spent more than $1,000 to file for the trademarks "Harbowl" and "Harbaugh Bowl," in anticipation that Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens might soon play in the big game.

"Right before the conference championship games last year, I thought to myself, 'Can you imagine if these guys played each other?'" Fox said. "If Pat Riley would go through the trouble of trademarking three-peat, why shouldn't I try this?"

But in August, a couple of weeks before this season started, the NFL sent a note to Fox saying that it was concerned that his recent trademarks could easily be confused with the NFL's trademark of Super Bowl.

"There were two questions asked of him," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "Was he affiliated with any NFL teams? The answer was no. And was he in any way affiliated with the Harbaugh brothers? And that answer was no."

In follow-up correspondence provided to ESPN.com by Fox, the NFL encouraged Fox to abandon the marks, citing conflict with its mark.

Fox said the league refused to provide him with any remedy. He first asked the league to reimburse him for his costs to file for the trademarks. He also asked for a couple of Colts season tickets and an autographed photo of league commissioner Roger Goodell.

He says the person within the league office he spoke to denied all his requests. After the language got increasingly more threatening, including one note that said the league would oppose his filing and seek to have him pay its legal bills, Fox eventually obliged.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: football; harbowl; nfl; superbowl

1 posted on 01/25/2013 11:03:46 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Perdogg

Ping!..............


2 posted on 01/25/2013 11:04:39 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

3 posted on 01/25/2013 11:07:04 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Red Badger

In other news, the Star Spangled Banner has been altered:

“... the land of the crony capitalist and the home of the political elite!”


4 posted on 01/25/2013 11:13:12 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Red Badger
Only members of the big-government/big-corporate criminal complex are intended to benefit from the copyright/trademark/patent system.

Any attempt by an individual peasant to do so will be resolved with extreme prejudice.

5 posted on 01/25/2013 11:18:12 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Red Badger

the same Roy Fox who was a left-wing nutball talk show host here in Pittsburgh years ago?


6 posted on 01/25/2013 11:18:33 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger
It looks like Sports Illustrated has already infringed on the Trademark. Look at the latest Front Cover:


7 posted on 01/25/2013 11:27:06 AM PST by chopperman
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Dunno.........


8 posted on 01/25/2013 11:35:26 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Sheesh... the guy chickened out way too early. He should have at least contacted an attorney. Could have been some ambulance chaser type would have loved to have represented him pro bono simply for the publicity.

Talk about surrendering.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 11:40:51 AM PST by Obadiah (America is Babylon)
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To: Obadiah

Local sports station had a guy on this morning who wrote a book about Spygate. Sounds to me more and more like the NFL is a criminal enterprise.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 11:46:13 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Obadiah
Talk about surrendering.

Must be a Republican.

11 posted on 01/25/2013 11:46:50 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
the same Roy Fox who was a left-wing nutball talk show host here in Pittsburgh years ago?

I'd venture to say no. I heard him on Greta last night and he was a terrible interview.

Doesn't take away from his cause and kudos to him for the idea.

But he was obviously nervous and a difficult interview to sit through. I can't see any way Mr. Fox would hold a job hosting anything.
12 posted on 01/25/2013 11:47:08 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Red Badger
it was concerned that his recent trademarks could easily be confused with the NFL's trademark of Super Bowl.

Really?!?

Isn't the Super Bowl a knock-off of the Puppy Bowl anyway?

-PJ

13 posted on 01/25/2013 11:51:07 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

THAT Roy Fox is retired from radio and has some kind of rent-free housing in a New York City historic building, and it’s apparently not the nuthouse!


14 posted on 01/25/2013 11:53:20 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Political Junkie Too
Isn't the Super Bowl a knock-off of the Puppy Bowl anyway?

Actually, I believe the Super Bowl got it's name from the Super-Ball. No joke.

So, if you ask me, maybe Wham-O should have gone after them a little harder back in the day.

Wouldn't it be fun if Fox had a lawyer that used that argumen? (note the little "TM" after Super-Ball in the image below.



I guess what's good for the goose isn't necessarily good for the gander.
15 posted on 01/25/2013 11:59:27 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Red Badger

he lost me at photo of goodell signed


16 posted on 01/25/2013 12:26:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Red Badger
the NFL sent a note to Fox saying that it was concerned that his recent trademarks could easily be confused with the NFL's trademark of Super Bowl.

I guess there were no bowl games before January 15, 1967.

17 posted on 01/25/2013 2:08:10 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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