Rawlings suing Wilson over Brandon Phillips' gold glove

Apparently Rawlings has cornered the market on gold colored leather

7/10/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

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Brandon Phillips won the Rawlings Gold Glove award in 2008, 2010, and 2011. Perhaps in honor of that, or perhaps as a bit of a fashion statement, he now wears a glove with gold colored webbing.

The problem is that Phillips wears a glove made by Wilson, one of Rawlings' chief competitors. And apparently, since they're the sponsors of the Gold Glove awards, Rawlings has (or thinks they have) exclusive rights to the concept of anything involving "gold" and "gloves."

Rawlings is now suing Wilson because of this, and demanding that they provide Phillips, one of Wilson's sponsored athletes, with a different glove that satisfies Rawlings' no-gold mandate.

From the lawsuit:
Mr. Phillips is one of Wilson's paid endorsers and is also a three-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Prior to winning the 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, Wilson manufactured and supplied Mr. Phillips with a Wilson branded baseball glove that did not include metallic gold indicia.

Not only is Mr. Phillips using the Infringing Wilson Glove in the field during games, warm-ups, and practices, but Defendant and Mr. Phillips also have promoted the very existence of the glove (and its connection to Wilson) through various channels and media.

According to Rawlings, the metallic gold-colored webbing, stitching and lettering on the glove are all trademark violations.

If this is really how it works, I'm going to start giving out "Blue Glove" awards, and then suing all of the glove manufacturers that make all of those hideously ugly blue gloves, which are particularly popular among Blue Jays players. At the very least, it might get a couple of those atrocities off the field.
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7/10/12   |   horacenick   |   5 respect

Never realized there could be trademark issues involved in making baseball gears.