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Supporters, league fight over Cascadia Cup trademark

League says they are planning to meet with teams and supporters to discuss their application in Canada, while supporters groups create Cascadia Cup Council and file their own trademark in both the United States and Canada.

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Supporters will own Casadia Cup trademark

Cascadia Cup Council will jointly own the trademark, while agreeing that all parties and MLS would need to unanimously agree to monetize the trademark.

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Cascadia Cup Trademark dispute nears end with agreement in principle between MLS and the CCC

While final ratification of the agreement is pending legal approval, both parties have agreed to a general framework that includes important provisions regarding trademark and sponsorship. The Cascadia Cup Council will own the name, logo and likeness of the trophy and no party may sell, trade, nor barter any sponsorship to the Cascadia Cup without the unanimous approval of all parties (i.e., CCC, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS).

Per a release from the three Supporters Groups that created the Cascadia Cup and MLS the dispute is nearly done with minor legal details still to be finalized.
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MLS blinks first in Cascadia Cup TM dispute

Coming on the heels of his State of the League address in which he admitted mistakes were made, MLS commissioner tells Canadian blog AFTN that he'd be happy with resolution where fans own trademark.

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Garber: MLS still wants to own Cascadia Cup TM

MLS commissioner essentially tells reporters that MLS is worried that supporters might sell rights to name without league approval.

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Supporters file own trademark on Cascadia Cup

In direct opposition to MLS's efforts to trademark "Cascadia Cup," ECS, Timbers Army and the Southsiders band together to pursue the trademark for themselves.

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