The latest available data from the federal courts show that during September 2014 the government reported 705 new Trademark civil filings. Those cases had the nature of suit classified by the court system under “Property Rights” along with Patent and Copyright cases. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 145% over the previous month when the number of civil filings of this type totaled 288.
Most of this increase appears to be due to retired football players who brought suit against the National Football League (NFL), alleging that the NFL used their likenesses to generate income without their permission or compensation. Over 450 such cases were filed in district court in Minnesota in September, more than all trademark lawsuits in any month in the last five years.