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Tonight, Alabama and Notre Dame will square off on the football field for the BCS National Championship. Regardless of which team you are rooting for, there is no doubting that both football programs and universities have storied histories. Both are well known and well protected trademarks.  While Alabama has its uniforms and helmets protected, ND has its class ring protected. And Notre dame has RUDY…

Here is a guide to some of the trademarks that will be present in the broadcast of the game: [Click name or logo for USPTO records]

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 2013 Discover BCS Nataional Championship Game – the logo is not registered
  • Since Discover card is the main sponsor, it is worth noting that its slogan – IT PAYS TO DISCOVER– is a great one. Catchy, easy to remember, and a double meaning.
  • Trademark imageThe game will be at Sun life Stadium
  • BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – registered for “Entertainment services in the nature of television and radio sports programs featuring college football games, exhibitions and tournaments; entertainment services, namely, organizing and staging college football games, exhibitions and tournaments; and providing entertainment, information, news and programming, all in the field of sports via the internet” and a variety of goods
  • BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – registered for “Entertainment services in the nature of television and radio sports programs featuring college football games, exhibitions and tournaments; entertainment services, namely, organizing and staging college football games, exhibitions and tournaments; and providing entertainment, information, news and programming, all in the field of sports via the Internet”

NOTRE DAME

  • UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME – registered for many goods and services
  • FIGHTIN’ IRISH – registered for many goods
  • Trademark image– registered for many goods and services
  •  Trademark image– registered for many goods and services
  • NOTRE DAME – registered for many goods and services
  • Trademark image– very creatively, this design of the N.D. class ring is registered as a ‘collective membership mark’ for indicating that the user is a member of the student body or an alumnus. This is the only class ring design trademark I have ever come across.
  • RUDY is a  former Notre Dame student made famous by the movie of the same name. The name is registered by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger for ‘Educational and entertainment services, namely, providing motivational and educational speakers’

 

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

  • [Description of Mark: The mark consists of the product configuration of a collegiate football jersey, which includes the color combination of a crimson red jersey with white numbers, with the white numbers appearing on the chest and the crimson red covering the entire outer surface of the jersey. The broken lines of the drawing show the position of the colors and the numbers on the goods and form no part of the mark, serving as a positional reference only.] Registered for jerseys and “Entertainment and educational services, namely, providing courses of instruction at the university level; educational research; arranging and conducting athletic competitions, events, tournaments, and exhibitions”
  • – registered for helmets and for “Entertainment and educational services, namely, providing courses of instruction at the university level; educational research; arranging and conducting athletic competitions, events, tournaments, and exhibitions”
  • – registered for a variety of goods
  • – registered for “EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, NAMELY, UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE, EXTENSION, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION, PUBLIC LECTURES, AND WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, AND CONFERENCES CONDUCTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING” and a variety of goods
  • – registered for a variety of goods
  • CRIMSON TIDE – registered for a variety of goods
  • ROLL TIDE – registered for a variety of goods
  • BAMA – registered for a variety of goods
  • ALABAMA – registered for a variety of goods
  • UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA – registered for “EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, NAMELY, UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE, EXTENSION, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION, PUBLIC LECTURES, AND WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, AND CONFERENCES; ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, SPORTS EXHIBITIONS, THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, PUBLIC LECTURES, ART EXHIBITIONS, MUSICAL CONCERTS, DANCE AND BALLET PERFORMANCES, AND MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITIONS” and a variety of goods

Related posts:

Trademark guide to the BCS National Championship – LSU v ‘Bama

Battle of the Logos: BCS Bowl Games Edition

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