|Published:||Apr 02, 2013 10:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 02, 2013 11:55 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Now that coach Andy Enfield is making the move to the University of Southern California many of their students on twitter are changing the famous phrase "Dunk City" to "Dunk City USC," but Eagles fans say not so fast.
The name Dunk City took the nation by storm in less than a week and to students at FGCU it's much more than just a catchy tune.
Yesterday the USC Athletics department took to Twitter to spread the word about hiring coach Enfield.
But at the end of one Tweet, it said #DunkCityUSC, forcing these Eagles to protect their territory.
"It felt like a stab in the back almost because that was kind of our term that we used and now it just seems like they are using it against us," said FGCU student Frankie Schiller.
Even though Dunk City holds deep emotional meaning here, does FGCU have the exclusive rights to it?
"That will be very difficult in a broad sense," said patent lawyer Bill Noonan.
Noonan says it would be tough to trademark the phrase because it's not really clear what Dunk City referres to.
"Really have to focus on the particular goods and services that you are using a mark for," said Noonan.
Noonan say's the univeristy could possibly use Dunk City as a name for the basketball team, but even then the battle might be tough.
"They are not going to be able to likely say hey nobody should be able to use Dunk City because we invented it here," said Noonan.
Legal or not, many here say to stay away from what's theirs.
"What did the University of Southern California do? Did they do anything in the tournament? Why do they deserve the name Dunk City?" said FGCU student Zachary Zimmermann.
A local music producer, whose step son is a student at FGCU, filed to trademark the name yesterday.
The attorney we spoke with says the process of approving or denying the trademark could take from 90 days up to a year.
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