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Browns Score Patent Victory

After a 10 year trademark fight, Cleveland Brown bleacher fans can legally call their viewing post the "Dawg Pound," now that the National Football League Properties Inc. (NFLP) has succeeded in its patent dispute with Los Angeles-based clothing company Hawaii-Pacific Apparel Group Inc.

On Feb. 14, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the NFLP is the senior user of the "Dawg Pound" phrase. According to court documents, fans of the NFL have associated the phrase "Dawg Pound" with Brown's fans since the early 1980s, while the clothing company didn't begin marketing its apparel using the "Dawg Pound" phrase until the mid-1990s.

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