NFL, Who Dat, Inc. to drop lawsuits, work together

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Posted on January 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 30 at 7:28 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL and a local family have agreed to drop all lawsuits against one another over the use of "Who Dat," and to work together on merchandise featuring the phrase.

"The NFL/Saints, and 'Who Dat?', Inc. have agreed voluntarily to dismiss all the claims against each other in their pending lawsuit," reads a statement from "Who Dat?", Inc. "They have also agreed to make available to fans, co-branded merchandise bearing the marks and logos of the New Orleans Saints and the phrase, WHO DAT."

As outlined in a 2010 report from Eyewitness News anchor Katie Moore, "Who Dat?", Inc. is owned by Sal and Steve Monistere. Those two helped co-write a version of "When the Saints Go Marching In," which was performed by Aaron Neville. The song featured the “Who Dat” chant.

The Monisteres registered for a state trademark in 1983 under their company name "Who Dat?", Inc. They also applied for a federal trademark in 1990, but didn't maintain that registration and the patent office vacated it.

The Saints challenged a later application from a business man out of New York who applied for the "Who Dat" trademark, causing the patent office to refuse "Who Dat?" Inc.'s 2010 application.

Now, however, it seems that the legal issues are behind the involved parties, as the Monisteres and the NFL will now work together to create and to sell Who Dat-themed gear.

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