Can you believe Disney would try to trademark the words “SEAL Team 6? They tried and so are many others.UPDATE: 8-6-11 20+ special forces ops, SEAL Team 6 members among them, died in a helicopter crash today. Read it here.
The U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team 6 are the all-American heroes who sent Osama bin Laden to his 72 virgins.
It is not coincidental that all of the application file dates range from early May 2011 until present–obviously a direct link. Additionally, Disney was met with public scorn and the Navy did strong arm Disney to protect its rights:
Navy spokeswoman Amanda Greenberg said the Navy already had rights to the SEAL trademark but recently submitted two new applications for trademarks of “Navy SEALs” and “SEAL Team.”
“The Navy is fully committed to protecting its trademark rights as it pertains to this matter and is currently examining all legal options,” she said.
Disney/ABC spokesman Kevin Brockman said the company pulled the plug on its bid “in deference to the Navy’s application.”
According to the article, a German company has also applied for the name, along with an “outdoor recreation group. Why wouldn’t the U.S. Navy just trademark all their teams and put an end to this inappropriate use of our military image?