NFL Bullies Owner of 'Harbowl' Trademark to Abandon Intellectual Property
Last year, Roy Fox of Pendleton, Indiana trademarked "Harbowl" after San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh almost made the Super Bowl. Both brothers lost in their respective conference championship games last season.
NFL lawyers, though, bullied Fox into abandoning his trademark. He did. And as a result, he will not profit from this year's "Harbowl" when the San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
Fox said because he was not a businessman or lawyer, he "didn't know [his] rights" and gave up the trademark to avoid a costly legal battle with the NFL.
“I was threatened to be taken to court,” Fox told the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney. "And I just assumed I would lose, and I couldn’t afford the court costs.”
According to Fox, he asked the NFL for Colts tickets in exchange for abandoning the trademark. The NFL refused, and Fox, not wanting to risk losing money in the court system, ended up abandoning his "Harbowl" trademark anyway.