Kaepernicking trademarking hardly a distraction

AP

It was inevitable, we suppose, that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be questioned and/or criticized for filing an application for trademark protection of the term “Kaepernicking.”

Skip Bayless of ESPN tweeted today that the effort to secure legal rights to the term “scares” the opinionated analyst.

“Stay focused, win Super Bowl first,” Bayless said.

This assumes that Kaepernick has eschewed his playbook for the paperwork that need to be filled out when applying for federal trademark protection.  Surely, his lawyers and agents handled that for him, with minimal involvement from the player.

Besides, it’s smart to protect Kaepernick.  If he doesn’t file for the trademark rights, someone/anyone else could do it.  Failure to take those steps would be, frankly, malpractice.

Thus, while Kaepernick focuses on practice and film study and everything else, the people he has paid to take care of these things will take care of them.

So don’t be scared, Skip.  Or if you’re going to be scared, find something more scary.

29 responses to “Kaepernicking trademarking hardly a distraction

  1. PFT, yet again you are sensationalizing a story with a negative spin without giving the full story or picture.

    And all you D-bags railing on Colin, assuming this is all about him… Get the facts.

    I challenge you to go to kidsheartcamp on the web and learn exactly what #kaepernicking is all about. You will feel foolish. Colin lost 2 siblings to heart defects. The bicep kiss is in their memory as reminded by the tattoos he is kissing.

    It is not about “look at me”. Do you know Colin? Clearly not. Stop judging. It is about helping the under-served population of pediatric cardiology, and each time he “kaepernicks” a child’s life is helped. I hope there is plenty going on during the bowl. What are doing to help a life leading up to and during superbowl? You know Colin sure is…

  2. ketelwon says:
    Jan 24, 2013 5:31 PM
    Copywriting “kissing your bicep” is a total douche move….Hulk Hogan and many others were doing that long before this kid was born,
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    For the 20,000th time, you can’t trademark a move. He’s trademarking the word “Kaepernicking.” The word. Not the move. If he trademarks the word, you can kiss your bicep all you want, you just can’t call it “Kaepernicking” or at least make money off of it.

  3. There are so many ignorant readers, such as ketelwon, that doesn’t realize the trademark is not the POSE (kissing your bicep), but rather the actual word, which is part of his name.

    Also, why the hell would this be a distraction? It’s a likely guarantee that his agent and team are behind this. If anyone thinks he is the one doing any of the work to get a TM – then you’re foolish. Getting a TM is a legal procedure. Regular football players do not concern themselves with that.

    As others have pointed out, this was spearheaded mostly to be on a shirt given for charity. Oh, how selfish!

    Lastly, in general, a trademark is used to protect your branding. There are tons of reasons to get one, but the theory behind a trademark is so that others cannot use your image, brand, or name, in order to fool consumers into thinking you endorse a product. If you went into a store and saw something that said “Kaepernicking on it”, you would definitely think the QB himself either made, supported, or endorsed the product. This is a step to make sure it does not happen.

    Maybe everyone, including PFT, should educate themselves before baselessly criticizing such a move.

  4. He’s not trademarking the move, just the word. People would have used it on shirts, stickers, etc. for financial gain. It’s smart of him to do so, unless you’d be ok with losing out on money due to someone else exploiting your name in a term you created…?

  5. “It is about helping the under-served population of pediatric cardiology, and each time he “kaepernicks” a child’s life is helped.”

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    Ok, so who exactly is donating the money or what ever it is everytime he “kaepernicks”?

  6. @ketelwon

    Well…

    1) He’s copytrighting the WORD.
    2) His kissing the word “Faith” tattooed on his arm.
    3) He started doing so after an idiot writer wrote a story about him and his tattoos. Kissing the Tattoo is an F-U to people who have a problem with his tats.
    4) Its a “total douche move” to me critical of something you know nothing about.

  7. wholly mackerel batman! let him do what he wants….having said that…the guy’s got it made…..youth $$$$ , playing Super Bowl, get any girl he wants, go anywhere he wants …

  8. xxwhodatxx:

    It helps just like when they wear pink for breast cancer. Awareness for the cause, leading people to learn more, and contributing in some way for a cure. I for one, bought a “kaepernicking” t-shirt, the proceeds of which go to Camp Taylor. Can’t wait to wear it. At least the ignorant negative spin on this topic may actually be positive my steering non lemmings to learn more. Go to kidsheartcamp.org to learn more.

  9. Oh boy….Look at me im bigger than the team.Kid has girly arms and some nose on him.Just play football stupid.

  10. henryjones20 says: Jan 24, 2013 5:54 PM

    I think we can all agree ketleone is the real douche here. one of those ppl quick too point his finger and say negative nonsense without knowing anything
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    I think we can all agree Skip Bayless is the douche here, there, and everywhere.

  11. I’ve honestly never heard the term “Kaepernicking” before this article. I understand Tebow getting the TM to his thing because it went so viral and could turn a profit for his ministry efforts. But Kaepernicking? That must be a Bay-area thing. Here in Wisconsin, no one’s talking about it.

  12. He was asked about it and it was his agents idea to trademark the term.

    Don’t blame him as if people are going to make money off of his name he should get a cut of it.

    Also what people don’t realize is it’s a way to protect your name as well since it prevents people from placing your name on products you might not support or approve of.

  13. xxwhodatxx says:
    Jan 24, 2013 5:44 PM
    “It is about helping the under-served population of pediatric cardiology, and each time he “kaepernicks” a child’s life is helped.”

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    Ok, so who exactly is donating the money or what ever it is everytime he “kaepernicks”?
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    He trademarked it as a brand to release a line of shirts. Part of the proceeds are going to Camp Taylor, which organizes camps for children with congenital heart defects.

  14. *But Kaepernicking? That must be a Bay-area thing. Here in Wisconsin, no one’s talking about it.*

    Hahahaha! I can think of 181 reasons why Wisconsin does not want to talk about Kaepernick.

  15. y’all are acting like ketelwon just spit in your mothers face.. y’all are corny for defending someone that doesn’t even know you exist with all your honor

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