New Hartford Whalers Merchandise On the Market

whalers_puckA few months back, I wrote that the registration for the mark “Hartford Whalers” had expired

This discussion is relevant, because new Hartford Whalers jerseys are back on the market.  According to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports’ blog Puck Daddy, IceJerseys.com is selling 1979 Hartford Whalers replica jerseys:

Strike up the Brass Bonanza, because that’s about to change. IceJerseys.com announced yesterday that it was selling new, CCM-produced 1979 Hartford replica jerseys ($119 US), complete with Pucky The Whale on the shoulder crest. The site told us they hoped other incarnations of the Whalers sweaters would be released in the future.

Wyshynski cited the expiration of the trademark this past summer as the impetus for the new jerseys, and referred to my post.  However, the trademark appears to have been dead since 2001 (although that was admittedly not clear in the initial post).  

The website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, shows that the most recent trademark application was filed in August of 1999 by the NHL.  The trademark was abandoned in June 2000, for reasons unknown.  Prior registrations of the trademark, by the ownership of the Whalers, were cancelled in March 1988 and December 2001.  Thus, the expiration of trademark was not a recent event, but according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office appears to go back to 2001.

The impetus behind the new Whalers gear was likely the NHL’s realization that there is a market for the merchandise.  If only now Whalers fans can convince the NHL that there is a market for a franchise in Hartford.

Comments

  1. Alex Grosby says:

    Yes but who owns it now? The league or Peter Karamanos?

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