SEALs Elude Mouse

-Submitted by David Durmm (Nal), Guest Blogger

We have previously discussed the attempt by Disney to trademark the term “Seal Team 6″, here. Disney has withdrawn its application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office “out of deference to the Navy.” Several days after Disney filed its application, the U.S. Navy filed its own application for trademarks on the phrases ‘SEAL Team’ and ‘Navy SEALs.’ The Navy had established a beachhead with its longstanding trademark of “SEALs,” which it has licensed to video game producers.

Commander Danny Hernandez, the chief Navy spokesman, said “we are fully committed to protecting our trademark rights.” Was that protection limited to judicial actions? “The request for Navy SEALs and SEAL Team was to broaden our existing portfolio,” Cmdr. Hernandez said.

Interestingly, Navy officials didn’t file an application for “SEAL Team Six.” Officially SEAL Team Six doesn’t exist. It is unknown how Disney could expect to obtain a trademark on a term, like “Seal Team 6,″ that has been widely known and used. There is a lot about trademarks that boggles the rational mind.

H/T: WSJ, The Consumerist.

18 thoughts on “SEALs Elude Mouse”

  1. Blouise
    1, May 29, 2011 at 10:35 am
    That took less time than I thought it would.

    I trust Disney has fired the numb-nut who came up with the idea

    i believe gov. rick scott is hiring. he should fit right in.

  2. Your favorite sport is on TV, NASCAR. Sure there is things to watch.

  3. Actually, I’m wasting time watching you act like the village idiot while the brisket is cooking because there is nothing on television.

  4. Are you not busy with your mommy today? Its afternoon, should it not be your nappy time.

  5. Is mommy busy in the kitchen? Is that why she left you unattended at the computer, Schmuck?

  6. Alright now, we are getting some place. Buddha is Lying or BIL = Schmuck, Schome, Ass, drivel.

  7. You forgot to call me a Schome. I do not like being called a schmuck.

  8. Buddha is Lying when he said that Mr. drum. He likes credit when and where he can get it. Sir, he like anything where he can get it. Therefore, the conclusion is he is lying.

    The weather in Florida is sunny and hot. But not as hot as it is where Buddha is Lying is headed.

  9. Nal/James M.,

    I am so very shocked and hurt that you two aren’t hanging upon my every word. 🙄 Nah! Who am I kidding? I very often don’t pay attention to myself. Updates like this need to be “on the front page”. Good job, Nal.

  10. That took less time than I thought it would.

    I trust Disney has fired the numb-nut who came up with the idea.

  11. I wonder if Disney had succeeded in their efforts, would they have demanded the Navy pay them royalties? Never mind, we all know the answer to that one.

    Down in Mobile, AL, the submarine Drum is on display for tourists. During WW-II, subs were named for fish and sea creatures. Displayed proudly on one of the bulkheads, there is a framed original cartoon of a Drum (fish) done by Walt Disney. The tour guide told me he was told Mr. Disney did cartoons for all the subs launched during WW-II, and those cartoons were in the boats. I do not think Disney ever copyrighted any of those or asked for payment of any kind. His corporatist heirs? Not so altruistic.

  12. I didn’t see it either, so I appreciate having it on the main page.

  13. And Buddha posted this yesterday…Just saying….

    So, what can be said….is there is a lot of water to disappear…There is always the Sea, Earth, Air and Land….

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