Disney Trademarks Name of Elite Special Forces Unit That Killed Osama Bin Laden

     May 14, 2011


Ever eager to capitalize on a popular fad, Disney has staked their marketing territory by trademarking the name of the Navy Seals unit that killed the infamous terrorist, Osama Bin Laden; and they did it within two days of his reported death. While movies like Jawbreaker and Kill Bin Laden are in production, Disney can now use “Seal Team 6” to identify anything with that moniker as their product.

What types of things you ask? I’m no patent attorney, but I would assume that a feature film falls under the “entertainment and education services” of their trademark registration. And unless, as Alex Weprin of Fishbowl NY remarks, “Disney has been working on an animated feature about a team of anthropomorphic seals in search of adventure,” the timing of this acquisition seems like more than a coincidence. Hit the jump to see what else Disney can trademark with “Seal Team 6.”

From an archive search of their three separate applications at the US Trademark Electronic Search System, Disney can use “Seal Team 6” on:

“Entertainment and education services, Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes, Clothing, footwear and headwear”

A previous trademark for “Seal Team 6” was registered to military-themed video game maker, NovaLogic, Inc., but it expired back in 2006. Personally, I’d love to see what Disney tries to do with this. Snow globes? Christmas stockings? Christmas hasn’t been this gung-ho since Bruce Willis got trapped in Nakatomi Tower. Unfortunately for Disney, they missed out on the “Rambama” trademark; it would make the perfect stocking stuffer.



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