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ATTORNEYS LOOK TO GIVE NEW MEANING TO TERM "PATENTED MOVE"
Published May 10, 1996
Last night, ABC's Dick Schaap reported that in next week's NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, three specialists in intellectual property law will outline their belief that athletes have rights to "own and license their moves and images." Schaap: "Just as Pat Riley collects royalties on the words 'Three-Peat,' which he coined and copyrighted, just as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has applied for a trademark for his 'Sky Hook' logo -- sooner or later, athletes will seek to patent their moves." Attorney Robert Kramer: "Because sports is such big business, I think it can't not happen." Attorney Robert Kunstadt: "We determined that for many kinds of moves that are novel and creative, you could get protection." Examples: Pete Rose's head-first slide and an NFL player's touchdown celebration (ABC, 5/9).