Attorneys review applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’ name
A handful of people paid up to $275 for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark when news of the team’s potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016. The filings have shed light on a trademark system that gives priority to the first people to submit applications, regardless of the validity of their claims.
The applications for the various uses of the Las Vegas Raiders name put in by the team in August are still in limbo as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office evaluates earlier applications for the name, The Las Vegas Sun reported (http://bit.ly/2pk6ajy).
Air-freight company owner Lane Blue, a Las Vegas clothing company owner, a Houston pain management doctor and a Boston gym owner are among those who applied for the trademark.
Blue, whose bid was denied by the federal government, said his goal was to stop the team from moving. “If I own the trademark that’s worth possibly millions of dollars, maybe I can talk them into staying,” said Blue, who is from Fresno, California.
For Ross Notaroberto, the gym owner, applying for the trademark was done “out of boredom, really.”