Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 am  |  37 responses

Jeremy Lin Wants to Trademark the Word ‘Linsanity’

The business of Jeremy Lin is doing just fine, thank you very much. And the Knick point guard has every intention of making “Linsanity” all his own, in the legal sense. Per Bloomberg: “Jeremy Lin wants to own the term ‘Linsanity.’ Lin, who has rejuvenated the New York Knicks over the past two weeks, moved to take control of the catch phrase that’s encapsulated his meteoric rise, filing an application on Feb. 13 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to the agency’s website. The filing came six days after Yenchin Chang, a 35-year-old Alhambra, California, resident with no ties to Lin, became the first to apply for a Linsanity trademark, according to the website. A second filing was made on Feb. 9 by Andrew W. Slayton of Los Altos, California, and on Feb. 14 there was another filing by Yoonsoo Stephen Kim of Duluth, Georgia. ‘We’re prepared to enforce his intellectual property rights,” Pamela M. Deese, a partner in the law firm Arent Fox LLP, said in a telephone interview, confirming that she had filed the application on Lin’s behalf. Trademark applications generally take about three months to be examined and published, according to Gary Krugman, a partner at the Washington-based firm of Sughrue Mion. As Lin, 23, is the subject of the phrase Linsanity, he would probably be successful in opposing an application filed earlier than his own, Krugman said. ‘Nobody can register a mark if it falsely suggests a connection with a person or an institution,’ Krugman said. ‘I would guess that Jeremy Lin would be able to oppose on the grounds that Linsanity points uniquely and unmistakably to him.’”

(H/T: PBT)

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  • Waskito

    I have wait for this (if it is true). With his degree in economics Mr Lin should know that this could mean big money.

  • Jeremy

    Well he IS Asian.. he could make his 800k this season last forever. The #Lin Dynasty … you can have that one as well dude

  • Dirtybird

    I’m ok with the other puns, but it seems like Vinsanity was in the early 80′s the way folks are throwing that name around.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    boss movements

  • KING

    so much for being humble….

  • Ka

    Protecting rights/ownership got nothing to with humility. Willingly letting others exploit his popularity even fleeting would be stupid.

  • Blasphemy

    Somewhere Vince Carters is sulking in a corner after his name has been blatantly taken away from him.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow… So it seems like he was forced to trademark “Linsanity” because other people were trying to do it first.

  • Riggs

    @Ka: you are extremely correct. This is only ensuring that he doesn’t get used by anybody else (just look at all of those filings from people who has nothing to do with him). I’m all for it and happy that he finally did it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    If you can prove that you made it up first, does it matter whether you know Lin or not? Sure its a play on his name, but if someone else made it up, why should he be able to just come in and own the rights to it? Anyone know how these things work?

  • bike

    Milk it little brother, milk it for all you can; before they refer to you as; Flash Lin The Pan.

  • trusoldier

    @ bike, you’re right look at J.J. Barea or however you spell his name. Not a mere mention of him any more.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    so does that mean that everytime a newspaper or nba.com uses the word linsanity, they have to pay him?

  • BoWeezy24

    So Everyone Is Going to Stop Using the Word “Linsanity” Now Hahaha

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Man on ESPN they were like ‘what’s the atmosphere like in Miami?’ Like wtf the Knicks are like the #7 seed and its not the damn playoffs this is why I dislike Lin he seems like a good guy but the media makes me annoyed by him smh.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    You have to wake up pretty early in the morning to win in the trademark game. That being said, I have already filed for trademarking rights to the phrase “The Knicks have been e-Lin-inated from the playoff in the first round”

  • robb

    They’ll call him Lincredible or Linhuman, or super Lintendo or Lintensity or Linvincible or Ni-hao KaiLIN. Endless possibilities

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    lmaoooo diesel

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    For what it’s worth, he’s doing it to stop ppl from using it for profit. FootLocker already has shirts. There was a report that his HS coach had long set up a website selling Limsanity gear because he believed in him so much. Turns out the guy was a coach that his HS had hired (and fired already) two years after he had already moved on to Harvard. Stopping the free use of his “moniker” is smart. I just hope he doesn’t sell it to Nike for a Zillion dollars…well actually, I wouldn’t care. Make that money.

  • startown


  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Slam, way to miss a golden opportunity to change the quote in the article to “We’re prepared to enforce his (L)intellectual property rights,”

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Isn’t a trademark similar to a patent where you have to ‘prove’ that you created it? I understand that ‘Linsanity’ or ‘Lin..whatever’ is about him, or was created because of him, but I don’t see how he or anyone else can essentially take ownership of the word. It reminds me of Donal Trump geting rights to “You’re fired” (he won) or Paris Hilton losing her case for “That’s Hot”. Trump was able to prove this was a result of his show and Paris couldn’t prove she created anything. I remember the “whoop there it is” t-shirts being sold and the “you can’t touch” this shirts, I wonder if the applicable parties got paid for thoughs or if they even tried.

  • Stroshow

    Winklevoss twins thought of this first.

  • underdog

    “Trademark applications generally take about three months” – I wonder if we’re going to remember what Linsanity(TM) is in three months.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    … only from a guy that went to Harvard

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Red: You dislike Jeremy Lin because the MEDIA, which he has no control over, is covering him? lol okay then.

  • Startown

    Tonight vs heat…Lintercepted by the Heat

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Yes am I allowed to? I think so, shut up. Damn he got killed tonight, Reggie kept saying its one game lollll. And Wade got pissed post-game.

  • coyboo

    has mozgov thought of filing a trademark of his own yet?

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @Red — WORD, I also like to dislike people for things out of their control.
    Case in point: Today I saw this elderly lady cross the road, aided by this young man. After the safe crossing, the young man proceeded to spit out his gum onto the side of the road! I am now openly and unabashedly rooting for the elderly lady to die a horrible death. Gum on the sidewalk — have we no decency anymore?!?!

  • IamYOU

    lol @ tealish! Anywho Lin is a good player.. cmon don’t tell me he’s an overrated cause he got skills! but not tonight against the heat no.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I know, have we no common sense? Wait nvm, I just finished reading wtf you typed apparently you don’t. I’m entitled to opinion moron :D

  • http://www.nbafullcourtpressure.com Matt

    Somewhere in Dallas, Vince Carter is crying…

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Most of why Lin Wasnt liked was because we were being force fed. Now those who said Lin isn’t as good as everyone says he is also were right. He isn’t that good, he did have an off game but is just a role player.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    How old are you, Red?

  • Justin G.

    Red, why are you trying to take over the Seed’s title of most moronic poster? How can you dislike a person because the media overyhypes him? First, you don’t know him. Second, as has been pointed out, he has no control over these things. You can dislike the media but not the person. That’s just plain dumb

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Red.. bro , I think you hate on Lin just to feel special when commentators try to talk some sense into you on slam..you need to get out more. Go to the park and play hopscotch :)