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Should Jeremy Lin Be Able to Trademark 'Linsanity'?

Sports 2012/02/18 23:36:39
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Jeremy Lin may be the inspiration behind “Linsanity,” but he wasn’t the first person to try to trademark the phrase. Now, the 23-year-old basketball star is fighting for the right to make money off his own name.



On Feburary 7, Yenchin Chang, a 35-year-old man from Alhambra, CA, filed a trademark application to cover goods and services using the phrase. In a recent interview, Chang, who shares Lin’s Taiwanese background, explained, "I just wanted to be part of the excitement."

On Feburary 9, Andrew Slayton, who says he was an unofficial assistant for Lin’s team at Palo Alto High School, also filed for trademark rights. Slayton purchased the web domain www.linsanity.com in 2010 and is already selling “Linsanity” merchandise on the site.



Jeremy Lin submitted his own application for trademark protection—both for “Linsanity” and his name—on February 13. Despite his late filing date, a number of patent, trademark, and copyright attorneys have said that Lin is likely to come out on top.

Really, it’s no surprise that people like Chang and Slayton are trying to cash in on “Linsanity.” When it comes to Jeremy Lin, there’s a lot of money to be made. Since February 4, Lin’s jersey has been the NBA’s top seller and Lin is also selling out arenas where the Knicks play.

What do you think SodaHeads? Jeremy Lin didn’t invent the term “Linsanity,” but he is the man behind the craze. Should he be able to trademark the phrase?

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  • jacktown kid 2012/02/19 18:08:35
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    Why not he should
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2012/02/19 15:37:38
    Undecided
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    +4
    Lame copy cat name. Did we all forget about Vinsanity? Vinsanity
  • Zephenia Dean 2012/02/19 15:09:15
  • Frank Rizzo 2012/02/19 14:22:27
    Yes
    Frank Rizzo
    +4
    Let him have it, he will be gone in two months.
  • Rogue_L... Frank R... 2012/02/19 22:22:39
  • xXxSTRAIGHTEDGExXx 2012/02/19 10:42:50
    Yes
    xXxSTRAIGHTEDGExXx
    Wrestlemania 28 is nearly here, order it people :) and yeah he should be able to
  • Angecael 2012/02/19 09:21:09
    No
    Angecael
    +1
    WELL gee. I'd better just say this amazingly clever phrase as much as possible now, while I still can.
    Yeah I've never used it nor will I ever.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/02/19 07:27:25
    No
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    Not if HE didn't make it up.
  • Cool Hand Mook 2012/02/19 05:44:23
    No
    Cool Hand Mook
    +1
    I say no. I say that because I have a Asian friend with a first name sounding very similar to Lin's name. His name has "in" it. This is way back in 2004 in college. Me and the other roommates would joke and put all sorts of different words after his name. Like sane, diesel (like Vin Diesel), sanity, destructible, anything you can put "in" before the word we put his name before it.

    This trend is stupid and will pass. Just like "That's hot" and "You're fired".
  • socokid 2012/02/19 04:53:46
    Yes
    socokid
    Of course he should.
  • The Man socokid 2012/02/19 05:07:54
  • socokid The Man 2012/02/19 14:02:16 (edited)
    socokid
    When the Bulls actually pulled of a "Threepeat", I nearly burned my "Threepeat" hat when I found out Pat Riley owned the trademark...
  • Rock 2012/02/19 04:52:52
    No
    Rock
    This is the problem with people, he's a week away from getting cut, then he strikes a deal with the devil and is now the next MJ, and it all goes to his head and he's trying to make money off a phrase somebody else came up with. I suppose he charges kids for autographs too.
  • the boss 2012/02/19 04:03:49
    Yes
    the boss
    +2
    Why is everyone meddLIN on jeremy's name?
  • mark 2012/02/19 03:32:33
    Yes
    mark
    Absolutely.
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/02/19 03:16:13
    Yes
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    +1
    make some money bebeh
  • Soul Grinder 2012/02/19 02:20:55
    Undecided
    Soul Grinder
  • cents-less 2012/02/19 01:15:34
    Undecided
    cents-less
    Don't really know or care but it's nice to see that people are always willing to take advantage of someone elses hard work.
  • Creep 2012/02/19 01:12:51
    Yes
    Creep
    He should but he probably wouldn't because dude is so humble and doesn't seem to care for monetary gain.
  • GoodEncounter 2012/02/19 01:06:37
    Yes
    GoodEncounter
    +1
    Why not?
  • Zuggi 2012/02/19 00:20:34
    Yes
    Zuggi
    +2
    He has the right to profit from his own name. If the other trademarks were older and based on something else (such as the fictional "Lin Sweet Tea"), they'd have a chance, but no way do these vultures.
  • OneLastWord 2012/02/19 00:18:29
    Undecided
    OneLastWord
    +1
    Don't really care, but I wish him the best.
  • Savior 2012/02/19 00:06:55
  • geneticmistake 2012/02/18 23:55:39
    Yes
    geneticmistake
    +1
    The phrase is relative to Lin. It's part of his name. Won't waste any of my money on Linsanity products though.
  • rk 2012/02/18 23:39:30
    Yes
    rk
    sure

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