Monday, February 2, 2015

Seahawks vs. The Hunger Games

Now that the Superbowl is over, we in the Seattle area can explain that all those idiots running around with flags showing the number 12 represents the fans—the 12th man on the team. This has become exceedingly obnoxious, with all sorts of posters, banners, flags—even flags on cars. And of course, on jerseys.

Meanwhile, Suzanne Collins already has some trademarks for “District 12,” where Katniss and her family live in The Hunger Games novels. She wants to expand the trademark to clothing, which would probably look cool. The Seahawks tried to stop them.


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This was stupid. Obviously, “District 12” has nothing to do with the Seahawks. They can’t trademark the number 12. All they did was delay Suzanne Collins in getting the trademark on clothing.


I can’t know if there were plans for “District 12” clothes this past Christmas, or if they would have sold well if they did, but since the Seahawks have stopped their legal maneuvering, she’ll be free to do so. 

5 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm not familiar with the Seahawks but is there some reason they'd want to print "District 12" on clothing? You mention there's a significance to the number 12 for them, but why would they want to stop her from trademarking the words District 12 together? They can still print the number 12 on anything they want, as long as they don't include "District," right?

Mark Murata said...

You're right. Some people get trademark-happy and try to snuff out anthing that might resemble their trademark.

The theory might be that a teen who gets a shirt with "District 12" on it might not feel like getting another shirt with a 12 on it. That seems kind of obscure to me.

Chrys Fey said...

District 12 clothing would be really cool. I wouldn't mind a T-shirt. ;) But why the Sea Hawks thought they could trademark the number 12 is beyond me.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm thinking that's a line of clothing I'd buy into. People are funny in what they protest. I mean, seriously, who would connect the Sea Hawks with Hunger Games? Um, no one.

Mina Burrows said...

Leave it to an NFL team to put themselves above all. And I like the Seahawks too. That's a shame. :(

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