Texas A&M University sues Colts over use of ’12th Man’
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 12, 2015)– Texas A&M University filed a lawsuit against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, alleging the Colts infringed on their “12th Man” trademark rights.
The following statement was posted on 12thman.com, Texas A&M’s official sports website:
“Texas A&M University is the Home of the 12th Man which has brought our fan base national renown,” said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young. “We would prefer not to file lawsuits to protect our trademarks. However, when our intellectual property, especially the 12th Man mark which is so important to our students and former students, is used without our permission after repeated attempts to engage on the matter, we are left with no choice.”
“We bear no ill will toward the Indianapolis Colts,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “We simply want them to respect our trademark rights. Our actions are consistent with our previous trademark enforcement efforts in this regard.”
According to the university, their use of the phrase began in 1922.
The Indianapolis Colts have not issued a response to the lawsuit.