Firm: MLB Has No Rights To Nats Gear

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A Cincinnati-based apparel firm yesterday asked a federal court in Manhattan to stop Major League Baseball from using the words "Washington Nationals" on merchandise apparel and to pay the firm damages based on profits the league has earned so far, according to a news release.

"Bygone Sports asserts that it has legitimate rights to the 'Washington Nationals' trademark for which it applied with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September, 2002, to market a line of nostalgic sportswear and apparel," according to the release.

Bygone claims baseball does not have the rights to use the trademark for sportswear and apparel. Bygone said its claims were in response to a suit filed against it by baseball in June.

Baseball spokesman Rich Levi n declined to comment yesterday. The league has said that Nationals merchandise is among the top sellers in baseball.

-- Thomas Heath

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