PUBLIC OPINION > Jeremy Lin Should Trademark 'Linsanity'
SodaHead Sports 2012/02/22 14:00:00
The Knicks aren't exactly at the top of their game this year, but they can thank guard Jeremy Lin for winning eight of their last nine games and securing a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It also landed the 23-year-old Los Angeles native on the cover of the Asia edition of Time magazine with his trademark phrase, "Linsanity." Only... he hasn't actually trademarked it. Now Lin is in the same position Jay-Z and Beyonce were in concerning their child's name, Blue Ivy. Lin filed his own application for the trademark last Monday, but not before a handful of entrepreneurs, including a former high school assistant of Lin's, could do the same. We asked the public if he should get dibs, despite the late filing.
Should Jeremy Lin Be Able to Trademark 'Linsanity'?
61% Think They'd Be Linsane Not To Let Him
The guy might not have coined the phrase himself, but he is the man behind the miracle. Without Lin it would just be "sanity," and that's not clever at all. No one wants to trademark "sanity." But others brought up some good points against it. First of all, it's kind of a rip-off of "Vinsanity," and as far as we can tell Vince Carter never bothered to trademark that. Second, Snooki tried to trademark her name and she lost the bid. Finally, the Top Opinion pointed out another strong contender for the title: "Isn't that reserved for Lindsay Lohan?" Touché.
Young Adults Are Against It
Every age group was in favor of Lin getting the trademark, save one. The 18-24 group was more-or-less split on the issue, falling a good 10% to 20% behind the rest. However, we can think of one member of the age group who's all for Lin getting the trademark.
Ladies Give It to Lin
Both genders were in favor of letting Lin get the trademark, but women were 8% more likely to hand it over. Is it because the ladies are Linto him? Or are they just Linterested in seeing what he'll do with the copyright? Sorry, we're getting a little carried away. It's kind of Linfectious.
The Money's on Lin
One of the strongest supporters actually turned out to be the big money respondents. Three-fourths of voters who make over $100k think Lin should get the trademark. The law also seems to be on Lin's side. Forbes notes that if a trademark is associated with the name of a living person, that person has to grant permission. Good luck with that.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about Linsanity. We'd love to hear from you!
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