Roughnecks: Can I copy your homework?
Patriots: Yeah, just change it a bit before turning it in.
Roughnecks: For sure…
Like the Oilers, it was filed in 2019, since they have exhausted court extensions, a trial date has been set.
— Josh Davis (@davisjosh20) January 20, 2021
The XFL’s Houston Roughnecks, the premiere professional team in Houston despite the league filing for bankruptcy nine months ago, is still going through the ringer as The National Football League Properties Inc. officially filed an opposition to their secondary logo on behalf of the New England Patriots.
Via XFL News:
“Applicant’s adoption of Applicant’s Mark was willful and with knowledge of Opposers’ prior trademark rights. Applicant’s adoption of Applicant’s Mark was intended to trade off on the goodwill that Opposers have built in the Patriots Mark.
Unlikely to ever actually go to a court trial, but if it does, there will be a discovery hearing, and the NFLP has to prove that the XFL designed this logo with the intent to confuse the public, and piggyback off the goodwill established by the updated 1993 logo of the New England Patriots.”
What’s wild is that this isn’t the first time the Roughnecks have been caught peeking off someone else’s test.
Just weeks ago, the NFL opposed a Roughneck’s trademark application that the primary logo was too similar to the Houston Oilers logo.
The NFL has opposed a trademark application for the XFL's Houston Roughnecks logo.
On December 28th, the NFL filed court documents claiming the Roughneck's logo was too similar to the Houston Oiler's logo.
Perhaps the first of many @TheRock vs. NFL battles?
— Josh Gerben (@JoshGerben) January 8, 2021
Houston is the only franchise in the XFL with a creative problem, as every other team managed to drum up something that wasn’t derivative of a logo we’ve already been exposed to.
— ThePostGame (@ThePostGame) August 21, 2019
“When the first XFL [launched], the quality of play, it wasn’t NFL and we’ve been so stuck on the NFL, you can’t get the NFL in any other league. I think that big, thick, motherfucking Samoan wasted all his god damn money.”
Interesting description of a guy who’s done no harm to you, Channing.