EXCLUSIVE: Trademarks Filed
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The phrase "New Orleans Hornets" has been trademarked by the Charlotte Hornets NBA Limited Partnership Shinn Enterprises Incorporated. The filing date on the trademark applications was January 25, 2002 according to the USPTO website. A total of nine trademarks were uncovered during our search. The trademarks include chat rooms and online bulletin boards, online catalogs and newsletters, online stores, toys and games, apparel, trading cards, computer peripherals, clothing and television and radio programs.
Our search of records relating to the Memphis Grizzlies shows that trademarks were filed for that relocating franchise on June 19, 2001 -- one month prior to the NBA board of governor's unanimous approval for the Grizzlies to move from Vancouver to Memphis. The trademark filing by the Hornets ownership group of the trademark "New Orleans Hornets" comes nearly three months before the NBA board of governor's will meet to accept or reject the Hornets relocation application to New Orleans.
The filing of "New Orleans Hornets" trademarks by the Hornets ownership group does not mean that the relocation is a 'lock' to go through. The trademark was filed eight days after the MOU was signed when the season ticket sales targets were expected to be easily met. If New Orleans can not meet the minimum season ticket sales goals of 8,000 regular season tickets and 2,450 club seat season tickets, the Hornets have the option of withdrawing from the Memorandum of Understanding they signed with the State of Louisiana on January 17, 2002.
Related: To look up the trademarks discussed in this article:
Go to the USPTO web site
Drop down the box that says "-click to view-" and select "Trademarks" then hit GO
Click "New User Form Search (Basic)"
Type New Orleans Hornets (or Memphis Grizzlies depending on what you're searching for) into the "Search Term" box
Click "Submit Query"