Wednesday, August 12, 2015

United States Olympic Committee Files Trademark to Protect...Cowbells?

On August 6th, the United States Olympic Committee's Office of the General Counsel filed a federal trademark application for TEAM USA as it relates to "percussion instruments, namely, cowbells[.]" The Committee claims to have used the TEAM USA trademark on cowbells since December 31, 2009.
These cowbells, pictured above, must hold special importance to the U.S. Olympic Committee. If the Committee is successful in obtaining this registration, it will effectively prohibit any other individual or entity from selling a "Team USA" cowbell. Thus, this registration will be a useful enforcement tool at future Olympic events. When you purchase your next Team USA cowbell, make sure it is officially licensed!

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