No restrictions on Boston motto

Updated: April 15, 2014, 5:18 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

A year after two Emerson College students came up with the phrase "Boston Strong" and later started selling T-shirts to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, no one organization or person owns the phrase and likely never will.

That's because any person or business that has applied to own the "Boston Strong" motto has been turned away by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In rejecting nine applications from such businesses as a coffee company, a Boston-based ...

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