Kaepernicking Trademark Application Filed With USPTO

by T+B Blog Team on February 1, 2013

As everyone anticipates the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Baltimore Ravens face-off Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday, a 49er-related trademark filing made its way recently to the USPTO. Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has filed a trademark application for Kaepernicking, the latest catchphrase to come out of pro football. Here’s the record from the Corsearch platform:


First there was Tebowing … then came Griffining, now Kaepernicking is all the rage. What is it exactly? Basically, it’s kissing your biceps. After scoring a touchdown, Kaepernick kisses his right bicep where he has a tattoo inscribed “faith.” His right arm also sports a “to God the glory” tattoo.

Sunday’s match-up happens to be the first time that both teams’ head coaches are brothers: the Raven’s John Harbaugh and 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh. Roy Fox presciently filed trademark applications for “Harbowl” and “Harbaugh Bowl” back in February 2012, anticipating a future clash between the two brothers in the big game. It was reported recently that the NFL pressured him to abandon the trademark filings, expressing concern that the marks might be confused with the league’s Super Bowl trademark. According to Fox, the NFL informed him that it would oppose his trademark filings and seek payment of related legal fees. Fox relented and abandoned the trademarks last October.

Which team will you be cheering for on Sunday?

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