Earlier this month we heard that the NFL Properties on behalf of the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers had filed an opposition to oil derrick used in their primary logo.
On Tuesday, NFLP officially filed an opposition to their secondary logo on behalf of the New England Patriots.
Similar to the previous filing, the opposition started in 2019. It wasn’t, and can’t, be made official until the United States Patent and Trademark Office grants the Mark application.
That was published in July of 2020. Followed by a first 90-day extension, since the XFL was in bankruptcy proceedings, and a second extension after the sale to Alpha Acquico, the group with Dany Garcia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Gerry Cardinale of RedBird Capital.
The court only allows two extensions (60 and 90 days), and since they both have expired, the motion has been made official.
The XFL has until February 28th to respond.
Unlikely to ever actually go to a court trial, but if it does, there will be a discovery hearing, and the NFLP has to prove that the XFL designed this logo with the intent to confuse the public, and piggyback off the goodwill established by the updated 1993 logo of the New England Patriots.
Paragraph 16 reads:
“Applicant’s adoption of Applicant’s Mark was willful and with knowledge of Opposers’ prior trademark rights. Applicant’s adoption of Applicant’s Mark was intended to trade
off on the goodwill that Opposers have built in the Patriots Mark.”
Similar to the previous opposition, this is likely end in some sort of settlement.
Stay with us as this proceeds.
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January 21, 2021 at 4:16 am
Oh for corn’s sweet sake, these people have lost me on this one vs. their fancy oil derrick logo that left the old Houston NFL design wheels-up in the ditch, why they would want anything that REMOTELY resembles the Boo England Paytoilets is beyond me, the vilest most classless gang of elitist lowlifes in all American professional sports. “Goodwill” from that downgraded logo of theirs my aunt Minnie’s sagging ones – despite that crew’s only rumored “greatness” they still stooped to crappyass cheating, that repulsive reepuglyklan Portapotty #12 (despite having slimed down to Tampa to make Suckaneers out of them, it will always be 1st last & foremost a Paytoilet) sponging guvmint money to buy a boat when it’s supposed to be worth 9 figures, plenty enough to squat on some “exclusive” wedge of alligator-infested sand down there – & a golf buddy with the now-deposed ultra-hateful King Dump just makes that worse – & that politician-level ugly arrogant prideful “coach” which had the gall once to say “cause we could” when asked why that stinking litter went for it on 4th & 1 despite a 28-point lead in a game, those are LIGHTYEARS nowhere near what these Roughnecks or anybody else who isn’t a world-no-class corporate capitalist profiteer should want to emulate, in the SLIGHTEST. “I have it!” To do away with all this petty whining over technical details regarding old/stale and/or just plain UGLY other logos, these Roughnecks should commission an artwork based on a picture of an actual roughneck of Days Gone By – that way they can quote Sylvester the Cat, “there’s no guesswork about it THIS time!” & that truly no fun league can stick their oppositions up the flabby hairless posterior of their chronically dazed-looking vastly overpaid Jones puppet “commissioner” object. Replacing the smirks on the fatuous faces of the opposition with stunned shock @ their daring & originality will be both The Best Revenge & a more meaningful tribute to the team’s namesakes than … just a name.
January 21, 2021 at 10:15 am
NFL is so petty….
January 21, 2021 at 10:29 am
The NFL can go pound sand!
January 28, 2021 at 5:46 pm
seriously, the nfl needs to quit whining. why don’t they worry about their own teams names and logos. they let dallas put a star on their helmets and there is nothing about that team that shows a star, and the Bengals, they play more like siamese cats. Roger Goodell is the absolute worst commissioner in the history of athletics