Texas A&M, Bills Fan Group Reach Agreement

By: Texas A&M University
By: Texas A&M University
More Video...

COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M University and all parties comprising the Bills fan group have reached an amicable settlement regarding the use of the trademark. While the group initially used the phrase in their name, they no longer infringe and all domain names and social media accounts will revert to Texas A&M as part of the agreement.

“We appreciate the passion Bills Fan Thunder brings to their work to maintain an NFL Franchise in Buffalo,” said Shane Hinckley, Interim VP of Marketing & Communications at Texas A&M University.

Bills Fan Thunder, a grassroots Buffalo Bills fan group created in June, inadvertently infringed the university’s long-held trademark of ‘12th Man’ – a phrase that embodies the fan enthusiasm that fuels Aggie sports.

“We’re really pleased with the way the university handled the dispute and we fully recognize Texas A&M is the owner of the ‘12th Man’ trademark. We’ve already started operations under Bills Fan Thunder and will continue ourfight to keep the Bills franchise in Buffalo,” said Charles “Chuckie” Sonntag, who co-founded the fan group.

“As many realize, trademarks are extremely valuable and trademark law and enforcement can be very complicated,” Hinckley said. “We have strived to create a ‘win-win’agreement from day one in this case and we are proud to say our teams have been diligent and reached an expeditious and amicable solution.”


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 269308831 - kbtx.com/a?a=269308831