Someone left the cat out of the bag if you ask me. It looks like the "logo" we saw on nba.com is in fact the logo that will be used by the team for the time being. Now hold up. Don't call for my banishment just yet. I have the source. Whether you trust them or not is up to you. My source is the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Yes, I've been snooping around a government website. I'm not proud of it. But this is what I found:
It seems there is an application on file to have this trademarked. Here is the info:
Word Mark NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
Goods and Services IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Publications and printed matter, namely basketball trading cards, dance team trading cards, mascot trading cards, entertainment trading cards, stickers, decals, commemorative basketball stamps, collectible cardboard trading discs, memo boards, clipboards, paper coasters, post cards, place mats of paper and plastic, note cards, playing cards, memo pads, ball point pens, pencils, pen and paper holders, desktop document stands, scrap books, rubber stamps, paper banners and flags, bookmarks, 3-ring binders, stationery folders, wirebound notebooks, portfolio notebooks, unmounted and mounted photographs, posters, calendars, bumper stickers, book covers, wrapping paper, children's activity books, children's coloring books, statistical books, guide books, and reference books in the field of basketball, magazines in the field of basketball, catalogs featuring basketball-themed merchandise, commemorative game programs, paper pennants, stationery, stationery-type portfolios, greeting cards, Christmas cards, holiday cards, statistical sheets for basketball topics, newsletters and pamphlets in the field of basketball, bank checks, check book covers, check book holders, credit cards and telephone calling cards not magnetically encoded, electronic publications in the nature of magazines and newsletters in the field of basketball provided over the internet; coloring books in the nature of drawings and pictures provided over the Internet; catalogs provided over the Internet featuring an array of basketball-themed products, and other goods and services.
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 032306
Serial Number 78149449
Filing Date July 31, 2002
Filed ITU FILED AS ITU
Owner (APPLICANT) Charlotte Hornets NBA Limited Partnership Shinn Enterprises Incorporated, a North Carolina corporation PARTNERSHIP NORTH CAROLINA 100 Hive Drive Charlotte NORTH CAROLINA 28217
Attorney of Record Anil V. George
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
I guess the only thing to determine is if its official, when it will come out ( and what the exact colors will be. What do you all think?