Harman Wrestling With WWE Over “JBL” Name
Harman International is facing an unlikely opponent in a trademark dispute- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). According to several wrestling Web sites, the two are battling over four trademarks to the name “JBL,” with the WWE attempting to trademark the name for one of its wrestlers. Harman is objecting, citing its own trademarked electronics brand of that name.
The battle started when the wrestling league attempted to obtain a quartet of trademarks for “JBL,” which is the ring name of the wrestling villain whose initials stand for “John Bradshaw Layfield.” Layfield, also known for his frequent appearances on Fox News and CNBC stock market shows, has been a pro wrestler for more than 10 years and has used the JBL name for much of that time.
The Harman “JBL” stands for James Bullough Lansing, who founded the brand in 1946.