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NFL bullies guy into giving up trademark on "Harbowl" and "Harbaugh Bowl

God the NFL is a bunch of dicks and bullies

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"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.

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"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.

In October, he sent the forms to the NFL, which were then sent to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office. An online search shows that the trademarks were abandoned on Oct. 24, 2012.
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DollaChoppa
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frick the NFL


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When I saw that last night it reminded me of the NFL trying to say they trademarked "who dat" and "who dat nation"


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frick the NFL


While I agree, we all support this behavior by consuming their products.


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Good for the NFL. Hate people trying to make money the easy way.


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frick the NFL


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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.


Hmmm...why was the NFL concerned about something that hadn't happened nor was anticipated to happen before the season started?


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He also asked for a couple of Colts season tickets and an autographed photo of league commissioner Roger Goodell


I don't even...
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lsuhunt555
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Hate people trying to make money the easy way.


Why? It's one thing to sue McDonalds for hot coffee, it's another thing to copyright something and someone buy it from you.


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I don't really consume their product.


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an autographed photo of league commissioner Roger Goodell.




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barry
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Hmmm...why was the NFL concerned about something that hadn't happened nor was anticipated to happen before the season started?


*dramatic music*


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lsuhunt555
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I don't really consume their product.



The NFL's product extends so far, people who hate football consume their product, even if it's unknowingly.


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VegasPro
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He is only trademarking it to sell it later. He has no ties to any of it. It would be like u trademarking tebowing. Only done for money.


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Only done for money.


My general purpose when I get up in the morning is to make as much money as I can. I would bet plenty of people copyright things just to sell them.
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Actually, frick Mr. Fox for trying to make a buck off of the Harbaugh brothers' success. He wasn't contributing anything, just trying to profit from something he didn't earn.


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VegasPro
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Exactly. That's why I applaud the NFL for stepping in.


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NFL concerned about something that hadn't happened nor was anticipated to happen before the season started


Both SF and Baltimore were one win away from playing last year. Guy tried to get the copyright in case they made it back, and they did.


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Good for the NFL. Hate people trying to make money the easy way.


But you're okay with the NFL making money the easy way? Sure, that makes a lot of sense.
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