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There many fun team names in the field for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Below are my favorites, with links (click images or marks) to their USPTO trademark records.

To me, the most interesting team names are the ones that are unique and quirky. Names like Eagles (North Carolina Central), Widlcats (Kansas State, Villanova), Tigers (Princeton), aren’t nearly as exciting.

Names that are used by more than one school in the tournament were automatically disqualified (Gaels, Gamecocks, Wildcats, and more).

Also note that this list is entirely subjective!

Note that a few have not properly protected their trademarks, which is shocking given the amount of money involved in televising tournament, the apparel and other promotional merchandise sold by every team, and that these are institutions of higher education. 

 

Wake Forest Demon Deacons – the history of the Demon Deacon

New Orleans Privateers (unregistered) – a ‘privateer’ is an armed ship owned and officered by private individuals holding a government commission and authorized for use in war, especially in the capture of enemy merchant shipping.

Minnesota Golden Gophers – from Wikipedia: The University Mascot is derived from a nickname for the state of Minnesota, “The Gopher State.” The original design was based on the thirteen-lined ground squirrel.

Iowa State Cyclones – the nick name dates back to the 1890’s

Purdue Boilermakers  – very unique and distinctive

Vermont Catamounts – a catamount is a large wild cat.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits – on the one hand they are rabbits, on the other hand they sound vicious

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Dayton Flyers – an homage to the Wright brothers, who are from Dayton.

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Wichita State Shockers – a reference to harvesting wheat

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Northern Kentucky Norse (no registration) – short for Norsemen

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Kent State Golden Flashes – unique, even if it doesn’t have a history behind it

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Here are some of the overall NCAA trademarks related to basketball (click for USPTO information):

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Trademark guide to the 2016 Men’s Final Four #FinalFour

Posted by ipelton on: April 1st, 2016

This weekend in the Men’s NCAA basketball Final Four®, Villanova, Syracuse, Oklahoma, and North Carolina will play to determine who becomes the champion.  In my opinion, Nike is already the biggest winner as they sponsor all four teams. And their Always Reppin’ shirts are in the background of so many images and replays from the tournament. Astonishingly, it does not appear that Nike has filed to protect the phrase.

Here are some of the pertinent trademarks for this weekend’s action (click marks/logos for USPTO information):

NRG STADIUM will host the game in Houston, Texas

Syracuse Orange – a unique and memorable team/mascot name.

Villanova Wildcats – not an original mascot/team name

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North Carolina Tar Heels – a very unique name (see ‘What’s a Tar Heel?‘)

Oklahoma Sooners – another very unique name with a local significance

 

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ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR

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THE FINAL FOUR

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ELITE EIGHT

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BRACKET TOWN

Travelers insurance features a red umbrella logo. The logo is nice – simple and unique. And suggestive of providing protection and cover. Travelers has used it for over 50 years.

I flipped past the Travelers Championship golf tournament on the television this weekend.  I immediately saw several creative uses of the logo on the course and telecast to enhance the branding.

  • the red umbrella is mowed (and painted) in to the grass next to the 18th hole where the final shots and award ceremony take place
  • the red umbrella is on an island in the water on a hole where the golfers must shoot the ball across the water (the umbrella island is also used for a charity challenge before the tournament)
  • the markers at the tee for the start of each hole are little three-dimensional red umbrellas on the ground

These are just a few examples of the repetitive and creative uses of the red umbrella. See photos below:

photo from https://www.facebook.com/travelerschampionship

photo from https://www.facebook.com/travelerschampionship

photo from https://www.facebook.com/travelerschampionship

 

As a whole, this is creative and outstanding marketing from the people at Travelers.

 

  • Mark ImageUSPTO Registration No. 1161313 covers “Underwriting Casualty, Fire, Marine and Inland Marine Insurance Services; Fidelity, Surety and Guaranty Bonding Services; Agency and Brokerage Services in Connection with the Preceding Named Services, and Counseling in Regard to Accident Prevention

I have written previously about the plethora of ways to use your trademarks to promote your brands. See my post,  50 ways to use your trademarks. But now there is a new way – on a Super Bowl® ring. Of course, very few will ever have this opportunity.

Last weekend, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft presented players with their Super Bowl rings. The rings feature two registered trademark slogans, one on the side and one on the back: Do Your Job and  We are all Patriots.

For a 360 degree view, see here.

It is unlikely than anyone reading this will ever get a Super Bowl ring – but the Patriots have shown that there are always new and creative ways to use your trademarks and build your brand.

Did you know that the “Triple Crown” is awarded in many sports, not only thoroughbred racing?

Of course, during the last week much attention has been given to American Pharoah becoming the first horse to win the triple crown in 37 years.  For more on the American Pharoah trademarks, see my recent post here.

Here are some other triple crown trademarks (click for USPTO records):

  • TRIPLE CROWN – conducting cheerleading and dance competitions and events
  • TRIPLE CROWN – Entertainment services, namely, organizing and conducting softball tournaments
  • TRIPLE CROWN OF BUSINESS – Educational Services, namely conducting classes, seminars, conferences and workshops in the field of marketing, managing and business negotiating, including the distribution of books, publications and sound recordings in connection therewith
  • TRIPLE CROWN OF POLO – PROMOTING COMPETITIONS AND TOURNAMENTS OF OTHERS BY AWARDING PRIZES TO WINNERS OF DESIGNATED POLO TOURNAMENTS; PROMOTING THE SPORT OF POLO BY AWARDING PRIZES TO WINNERS OF DESIGNATED POLO TOURNAMENTS
  • TRIPLE CROWN – Promoting, arranging and conducting sports car and automobile races and race activities, namely, a series of sports car and automobile race events to determine an overall winner of the series of sports car and automobile race events
  • TRIPLE CROWN – organizing and promoting state and national street hockey festivals, state and national three-on-three basketball tournaments, state and national volleyball tournaments, state and national baseball tournaments, college women’s pre-season national invitational basketball tournaments, state and national soccer tournaments, and state and national fast pitch softball tournaments
  • TRIPLE CROWN OF SKATEBOARDING – Entertainment services, namely organizing and conducting international skateboarding competitions
  • TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING – entertainment services, namely organizing and conducting international competitions in the field of ocean sports
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