Jami Davenport’s Statement on Seattle Sockeyes Sports Team Name

Posted Feb 20 2018, 6:13 pm


Jami Davenport’s federal trademark application for the team name Seattle Sockeyes would not prevent Seattle from choosing it as a team name, despite what the media has represented.

February 20, 2018

Seattle, WA., Feb. 20 / I am compelled to write this statement to clear the air regarding the supposed controversy created when I applied for a Federal Trademark for the Seattle Sockeyes name. I am a huge supporter of Seattle sports and am looking forward to a hockey team in Seattle. In fact, I applied for season tickets. My love of sports, and more specifically hockey, is what drove me to write books with hockey as a main feature in the first place.

I have been writing and publishing books in the Seattle Sockeyes series since 2014. As this is a business, I have a right to protect my business and my considerable investment in time and money, including legally using the Sockeyes name in my book series, even if it is selected as the new team name for Seattle.

Therefore, when I heard Sockeyes mentioned as a possible team name, I applied for Federal Trademark of the Seattle Sockeyes name under the category of Books. This trademark, if approved, would be applicable only for books. To my understanding, it would not apply to a sports team or sports merchandising and therefore would not prevent Seattle from choosing that name for its team, while protecting my rights to use the name in my books.

I have been interviewed by the press on numerous occasions after they obtained information regarding my trademark application. During each interview, I expressed and emphasized that I only hold the rights for books and could not and would never prevent the team from being named the Sockeyes. Regardless, numerous media outlets have misrepresented my statements on multiple occasions.

It is also my understanding that another individual applied for numerous trademarks of a potential name for the new Seattle team. This individual, to my knowledge, is a male attorney who has no business connection with a potential team. I believe he has applied for a trademark under categories which would prevent Seattle from choosing that particular name unless they purchased his trademark. Yet, my trademark application appears to be the only newsworthy event; usually accompanied by salacious and condescending remarks regarding the romance book genre.

I hope this statement makes it clear that my trademark would not prevent Seattle from naming its team the Sockeyes and would only protect my legitimate business interests. I further implore the media to conduct honest research, represent statements authentically, and provide the public with accurate news relating to these issues instead of clickbait-worthy articles full of misrepresented facts and misquoted statements.

About Jami Davenport

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes contemporary, sports, and new adult romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle series and the Men of Tyee series. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green-Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland dog with a tennis-ball fetish, and a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Heather Roberts
L. Woods PR

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