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Washington Redskins controversy puts emphasis on trademark royalties

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The people who want the Washington Redskins team name changed won another battle Wednesday. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made a move to cancel the football team's famous trademark logo.

Colleges and universities make hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on royalty fees. Losing a trademark or licensing a logo would put a dent in the budget.

When Steve Schofield is out and about he always keeps his eyes open for University of Northern Iowa gear.

"If I'm in a store and I see something that doesn't quite look right you know there'll be times when I'll send a note to LRG and say 'hey I saw such and such at this place, can you check and make sure that they're a licensed vendor?' said Schofield, Associate Athletics Director.

That's because for anyone selling unauthorized items with the UNI logo, it takes money away from the school.

"The logo, the University of Northern Iowa name, UNI, those are all our intellectual properties," said Schofield.

The university contracts with a licensing group that polices stores selling panther gear.

"Worse case scenario I've seen them confiscate things off of shelves if they haven't gone through the licensing process," said Schofield

For every item sold with the UNI logo on it the school gets a ten percent royalty. That about $200,000 a year which goes towards the school athletic department which runs on a 13 million dollar budget. 

  

 



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