Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday (25 May 2011) that it would pull an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in which the entertainment giant sought the exclusive right to use the term "SEAL Team 6" on items ranging from toys and games to snow globes and Christmas stockings.
The article concludes by mentioning activities of the Navy in the trademark area:
Yet Navy officials didn't file a request for "SEAL Team Six."
The Navy confirms the existence of SEAL Teams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10. The Navy has never acknowledged the existence of Team 9 while SEAL Team 6, the service's most elite hunter-killer team, is officially called the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DevGru.
Unofficially, DevGru is widely known as SEAL Team 6.
"We certainly would not request a trademark on a SEAL team that doesn't exist, like SEAL Team 6," said a Navy official.
Sadly, the Los Angeles Times can't tell the difference between a patent and a trademark. From a post titled Disney withdraws patent application for SEAL Team 6!
Walt Disney Co. said it will withdraw an application to patent the term "SEAL Team 6," the name of the military unit that took out Osama bin Laden. Less than a week after the Navy SEAL team's successful mission, Disney moved to patent the name in the hopes of exploiting it for toys and entertainment, making the company the butt of jokes for its greed and annoying the Navy.