Portland City Council to Vote on Resolution Asking MLS to Abandon Cascadia Cup Trademark

Steve Dykes

According to a revealed Portland City Council resolution to be voted on today, the city of Portland will officially request that MLS drop its Cascadia Cup trademark.

Some interesting news for you with regards to the Cascadia Cup issues that have gone on between the supporters groups of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS in recent weeks. Apparently the city of Portland is looking to throw its weight around in that arena as well, on behalf of the Cascadia Cup Council.

According a report out of Prost Amerika, a resolution will be voted on today, pushed forward by commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, that will make an official statement of support for the supporters groups that wish to maintain the Cascadia Cup trademark.

Here's the full resolution:

Support the efforts of the Timbers Army and supporter groups to retain trademark rights to the Cascadia Cup (Resolution)

WHEREAS, the Cascadia Cup was created by the supporters groups of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps in 2004 to celebrate the spirited rivalry between the teams of the great Pacific Norlhwest; and

WHEREAS, the Cup is awarded each season, with the previous year's winner handing the cup in person to the supporter group of the team with the best head to head record of the teams; and

WHEREAS, the 2-foot tall silver Cascadia Cup trophy was purchased by representatives of all three supporters groups and has remained in the hands of the winner of the Cascadia Cup each year; and

WHEREAS, the Cup is currently under the control of the Timbers Army (and will hopefully remain in their hands for the f'oreseeable future); and

WHEREAS, MLS applied for Canadian trademark rights to "Cascadia Cup" in December 2012, and has stated its intent to apply for a trademark patent in the United States as well; and

WHEREAS, the supporter groups, as the creators and rightfil owners of the Cup, are the appropriate entities to protect the Cascadia Cup's name and spirit; and

WHEREAS, the supporters groups of the three rival teams have joined together to form the Cascadia Cup Council to ensure that the trademark remains in the hands of the fans who created it; and

WHEREAS, the Cascadia Cup Council submitted an application to trademark "Cascadia Cup" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 8,2013; and

WHEREAS, fans in other cities have also created fan-based competitions/Cups, including the Rocky Mountain Cup, the Brimstone Cup, and the Heritage Cup and are facing the same issue with MLS; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Portland City Council supports the efforts of the Cascadia Cup Council; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Portland City Council requests that Major League Soccer respect the trademark rights of the groups represented by the Cascadia Cup Council; withdraw its application for Canadian trademark rights; and abstain from applying for a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The resolution is apparently being given 10 minutes worth of debate this morning.

Interestingly, those that remember the run up to PGE being renovated and the Timbers actually becoming an MLS team, will notice that both Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish were the same two commissioners who voted against the relatively meager renovation. My how times have changed.

The resolution is expected to pass.

What do you think of the city of Portland getting involved with the ongoing trademark dispute?

[via Prost Amerika]

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