Welcome to the CAPS web site.
The Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports logos (CAPS) is an alliance
formed by The Collegiate Licensing Company, Major League Baseball Properties,
Inc., NBA Properties, Inc., NFL Properties LLC, and NHL Enterprises, L.P. in
1992 to address common trademark protection and enforcement matters of its members.
Since then, CAPS members have worked diligently to enforce their respective
trademark rights by pursuing both civil and criminal legal remedies. For example,
CAPS works closely with law enforcement, providing valuable assistance during
the investigation, arrest, prosecution, sentencing and probation of those who
violate the trademark rights of the CAPS members and their affiliated member
sports teams and universities.
CAPS appreciates your interest in the protection and enforcement of the CAPS
members trademark rights. CAPS designed this web site to assist you by
providing information regarding the identification and protection of the well-known
names, logos and other trademarks of CAPS members. We hope the instructional
information provided throughout this site is useful.
Because sports-logoed products are so popular, trademark owners are compelled
to establish enforcement programs to protect their fans. Fans come to expect
that products bearing the marks of their favorite teams will be of a certain
standard. The CAPS members have strict quality control and approval processes
in place to ensure that their licensed products meet or exceed these high quality
Visible and high-profile use of the marks by counterfeiters on low-quality
or offensive items is harmful to the marks and to the image of the mark owners.
Accordingly, the leagues and colleges devote significant resources to prevent
unauthorized trademark use.
The CAPS organization has proven to be effective on several levels, including
making available to law enforcement and other interested persons the tools to
authenticate licensed vs. unauthorized products. While the CAPS members have
provided detailed information about their licensed products on their individual
web pages, the following are a few general guidelines that apply to the CAPS
members' licensed products:
- Officially licensed CAPS-member products are
distinguished by a sticker, hangtag or sewn-in label identifying the apparel
as "genuine" or "official".
- Each CAPS member has developed a unique trademark
hologram that is affixed to licensed regular season and/or post season merchandise.
All collegiate championship products should also bear the NCAA hologram.
- The licensee's identification should be sewn
in or screened onto the product or printed on the interior or exterior label
of all licensed products.
- Beware of ripped tags or irregular markings
on apparel. Those who violate the trademark rights of the CAPS members are
notorious for producing unauthorized products on irregular or imperfect apparel.
Apparel manufacturers often denote such irregularities by clipping or ripping
the sewn-in neck tag or label. The CAPS members' licensees are not allowed
to produce products on irregular merchandise.
CAPS trusts that the following web pages provide you with the necessary information
required to assist us in the protection and enforcement of our popular trademarks.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the CAPS toll free hot
line (800) TEL-CAPS (835-2277).
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the content of our site,
please contact CAPS Administrator on the Contact