Fans trying to trademark 'Linsanity'

BY foxsports • February 14, 2012

Two men have filed trademark applications for the term "Linsanity" — and neither of them are Jeremy Lin.

The applications came from two Californians, Yenchin Chang of Alhambra and Andrew W. Slayton of Los Altos, Bloomberg reported.

Chang, who like Lin is of Taiwanese descent, said he was not at all affiliated with the hyped Knicks star but "wanted to be part of the excitement," which only grew Tuesday night when Lin sank a game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second left at Toronto to give the Knicks a sixth straight win.

"I'm very proud of Jeremy," the 35-year-old Chang said.

Slayton, 45, says he coached Lin in high school, and told the New York Post that he previously registered the domain names and in 2010 because "I always knew that Jeremy would be amazing."

Chang made his filing on Feb. 7, according to the patent and trademark office website, while Slayton filed on Feb. 9.

Milord A. Keshishian, an attorney with Los Angeles trademark and copyright firm Milord & Associates, told Bloomberg the filings looked "like a bad-faith attempt to profit from Jeremy Lin's recent acclaim."