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NFL Pressures a fan to abandon "Harbowl" Trademarks

Interesting and related to the discussion of the trademarks filed by Colin Kaepernick in recent days (See Also: Colin Kaepernick post-Packers week included six trademark applications), apparently a fan of the Indianapolis Colts filed trademarks for the terms "Harbowl" and Harbaugh-Bowl" early in the season. Shrewd (naive?) business move, though I am not aware of the legal ramifications of such things. What are the rules with regards to "trademark squatting," if any? I know that there are laws in place to prevent people from squatting on Internet domains simply to collect a payday, but ignorant on trademarks....or if the two are somehow related.

(Side note: Oddly - the URL Harbowl.com was created in January 2011 and updated just this month. Using a WHOIS search, it appears to be owned by an offshore company (perhaps German?))

In response to the filing, the NFL evidently pressured the fan to abandon his trade marks.

Anyway, I wanted to share with the community and see what I can learn about this trade mark stuff!

Yet another interesting topic for the week....

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