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Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 1, 2008 10:23 AM

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In response to the news that the Patriots applied for trademarks on "19-0" and "19-0 The Perfect Season” three days prior to the AFC Championship game, the New York Post announces today that they have spent $375 on their own trademark application for “18-1.”

Their application, No. 77385477, is pending, according to Chuck Bennet, who writes:

The Post had no luck contacting David Johanson, the attorney who applied for the New England trademarks on Jan. 17. The woman who answered his telephone yelled, "We can't talk about this!" and hung up.

Several hours later, Pats spokesman Stacey James called to say the trademark filing was to protect profits, and is not a pre-emptive writing of history.

"These are defensive tactics taken so people can't brand with our logo," he said.
The "19-0" trademark has not yet been approved.

And all James had to say about his team's patent-office prophecy was: "I am confident that we are 18-0 and we play on Sunday."

The Post touts Sunday’s matchup as the Giants vs. * in its online edition. The back page of its paper edition reads, “Beat the Cheats.”

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