Yankees Triumph In 'Evil Empire' Trademark Battle

Law360, New York (February 21, 2013, 4:59 PM EST) -- The New York Yankees hold the rights to the phrase "Evil Empire," the nickname used by their detractors, and can prevent another company from registering the name as a trademark, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel ruled recently.

In a Feb. 8 decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that Evil Enterprises Inc. couldn't register a trademark on the phrase "Baseball's Evil Empire" for use on apparel featuring the Yankees logo adorned with a devil and pitchfork. Consumers are are likely to believe the...
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