A futile quest for compensation – Frederick Bouchat and the Baltimore Ravens logo controversy
The story of Frederick E. Bouchat is one of a man determined to strike gold from a simple drawing of a Raven logo that he designed in late 1995. That simple drawing has been the centre of controversy and fierce copyright litigation over the last 15 years between Mr. Bouchat, the National Football League’s (“NFL”) Baltimore Ravens and a number of other parties.
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Leonard Glickman is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group where he provides transactional and intellectual property advice to clients in the entertainment, sports, fashion, food and retail industries.
Jacob Goldberg is a 2014-2015 articling student at Cassels Brock. He first joined the firm as a summer student in 2012.
Jacob graduated with distinction from the J.D/H.B.A combined program at Western University and the Richard Ivey School of Business. He was awarded the A.B Siskind Scholarship for earning the highest average in his 3L graduating class as well as the Law Society of Upper Canada Prize for academic excellence.
Thank you for this article- it's bothered me that the Ravens don't ever use their throwback uniforms or "legacy" logo- the logo controversy isn't as over as I had thought.
Has there been any update in the past year and a half?
This is still going on? Mr. Bouchat is looking for a payout. It sounds like he's obsessed with it or recognition -- or both. As for throwback unis, the Ravens not wearing them is a good thing because the winged shield logo was terrible. The current one is much better, although I think it could stand to be tweaked a little.