U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on December 14. The application covers a wide variety of goods and services (mostly merchandise and novelty items) across 9 different classes, including the following:
- Computer game software and disks and video game cartridges (Class 9);
- Jewelry and watches (Class 14);
- Magazines and books featuring football; pens; pencils; stickers; decals (Class 16);
- All-purpose sport bags, athletic bags, and carrying bags (Class 18);
- Wall fixtures, namely, three-dimensional wooden designs to be attached to the walls of rooms (Class 20);
- Mugs; beverageware; glassware (Class 21);
- A variety of apparel including T-shirts, sleepwear, athletic uniforms, and jerseys (Class 25);
- Toys and sporting goods (Class 28); and
- Entertainment services in the form of professional football games and exhibitions (Class 41).
The Dolphins filed this application on an intent-to-use basis, meaning the NFL team will need to actually start using MIAMIRACLE as a trademark in conjunction will all the goods and services listed in the application before the term can be registered as a trademark. TMEP 806.01(b); 15 USC 1051(b).
This isn't the first NFL team to file a federal trademark application for a "miracle." Last year, the Minnesota Vikings filed trademark applications for MINNESOTA MIRACLE and MINNEAPOLIS MIRACLE after their win against the Saints in last year's NFL playoffs. Most of those applications, which I blogged about here, are close to registration.