Major League Baseball teams oppose many trademark applications. Got a “W” or a “C” in your logo? Better be prepared to hear from Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs. Got “Boston” or “Detroit” in your name? You might be hearing from the Red Sox or the Tigers.

For example, the Chicago Cubs recently opposed this logo:

In one recent week, MLB teams filed at least 8 oppositions at the USPTO. See below for details — click TTABvue for the full USPTO records.

Are MLB teams pushing the boundaries of reasonable trademark enforcement? Are they trademark bullies? Are they using their power and money to expand their trademark protection beyond where the law is meant to allow? I think these questions are worthy of discussion. For now, I will leave the answers up to you.

For more filings at the TTAB, including those from MLB, see www.TTABulator.com.

TTABVue 91215978 CFAN DESIGNS, INC. 85945826 C/FAN Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC
TTABVue 91216093 BROOKLYN ARENA, LLC 85837679 BROOKLYNTASTE Los Angeles Dodgers, LLC
TTABVue 91216090 CAPTURE MEDIA INC. 86028767 C CAPTURE Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC
TTABVue 91215982 EBSCO INDUSTRIES, INC. 85944984 PAWS N CLAWS Detroit Tigers, Inc.
TTABVue 91216073 EDGE ATHLETIC CLUB, INC. 85313268 EDGE ATHLETICS Athletics Investment Group d/b/a The Oakland Athletics Baseball Company
TTABVue 91215980 GRAND PRIX ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, LLC 85918689 ROYAL Kansas City Royals Baseball Corporation
TTABVue 91215977 MG ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC, MG ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC. 85929544 DUELO DE GIGANTES San Francisco Baseball Associates LLC
TTABVue 91216104 UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT 85966322 RAYMAN Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Ltd.

 


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