Starting Quarterback, Backup Quarterback, Punt Protector,Running back, Great Football player, Tim Tebow has trademarked his famous symbol that swept the nation last season: “Tebowing”. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing people dropping to one knee, head down and fist to the head.
There are sites dedicated to this term, t-shirts, instagrams, just about anything with Tebowing attached to it, and the Tebow has decided to do something about it, that is, stop people from cashing in on his behalf. I believe it’s a very smart thing, and Tebow cites that he did this to control how the term is being used.
Tebow said he doesn’t plan to make any money on “Tebowing” trademark, but doesn’t want other people to cash in. It is still a prayer to him.
Even though it doesn’t say Tebowing, I’m guessing this would be considered Trademark Infringement.
I don’t blame him as I have seen the good representations of Tebowing, but just about every joke site has made fun of it as well. The question is, if a site defames “Tebowing” now, will it be considered Trademark infringement. You can bet that all the sites that are using it now are going to be getting a letter from Tebow’s folks shortly.
Trademark infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights attaching to a trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner or any licensees (provided that such authorization was within the scope of the license). Infringement may occur when one party, the “infringer”, uses a trademark which is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark owned by another party, in relation to products or services which are identical or similar to the products or services which the registration covers. An owner of a trademark may commence legal proceedings against a party which infringes its registration.
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