May 25, 2007

It was recently announced that NFL Properties LLC has expressly abandoned its two federal trademark applications for “The Big Game.” The two applications, namely U.S. Trademark Application Nos. 78/803,677 and 78/804,122, were filed last year and together spanned four international classes of goods and services. According to the San Francisco Chronicle news article (link below), two major Universities, namely Stanford and California, and eighteen companies, including Anheuser-Busch and Wal-Mart, filed documentation with the USPTO expressing their intentions to oppose the two trademark applications, and NFL Properties decided not to substantively defend the applications against that many potential oppositions.

San Francisco Chronicle News Article: LINK
U.S. Trademark Application No. 78/803,677: LINK
U.S. Trademark Application No. 78/804,122: LINK

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