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Tiny Pawn Shop to 'Pawn Stars' - We Own the Name!

7/11/2011 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A Florida pawn shop is standing up -- David vs. Goliath style -- to the producers of the mega-hit "Pawn Stars," claiming it owns the name fair and square and they won't change it.

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A&E Television Networks fired off a cease and desist letter to pawnbroker Frank Bishop last week -- claiming Bishop's use of the term "pawn star" constitutes fraud and trademark infringement, demanding he change the name stat.

But Bishop ain't budging, claiming in a strongly-worded letter he registered the term "Pawn Star" in 2006, 3 years before A&E entered the pawn world ... so they can take a hike.

Of course, everyone has a price -- and Bishop's lawyer, Jeffrey Kaufman, tells us, Frank would bow to A&E's demands in exchange for a large fee ... "If you want to take something, this is America. Write a check."

A rep for A&E Television Networks had no comment.


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john5oregon    

I hate Pawn Stars...especially the old fart and that lukewarm I.Q. dude Chumlee.

1013 days ago
2.

Jay    

"If you want to take something, this is America. Write a check."

Haha, so true though.

1013 days ago
3.

Areader    

If Frank Bishop can prove this to be true then it's time for A&E Television Networks to write him a big fat check!

1013 days ago
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Ehécatl    

TMZ should contact both A&E and this pawnbroker to see if it can buy some real news, cuz this ain´t it.

1013 days ago
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Regulator    

They just got Pwned.

1013 days ago
6.

John    

Open your check book, A&E! Cha-ching!

1013 days ago
7.

R    

Go to E!online and watch live from the Red Carpet - for all you Potterheads!

1013 days ago
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ginny    

go get them frank, make them pay!!

1013 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

If you search for 'PAWN STAR' on the online United States Patent And Trademark Office website, only A&E ownership appears for 'PAWN STARS'. If the little guy registered the name it would be listed as 'LIVE'. Nothing appears so USPTO gave it to A&E.

1013 days ago
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kingborg    

its just some little turd trying to make a name for himself.

he may have pawn star but pawn stars is a different name.

1013 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

They have some nerve. Had they left the guy alone all could be right with the world. Instead they have put themselves in a position to pay him money considering he had the name well before they came along.

1013 days ago
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And thats the truth    

I make time period costumes to sell online. When I obtained my business license I had to register my company name and there was a search to see if my company name was used by anyone else within the state of California. The Pawn Stars are in Las Vegas and this guy is in Florida. I guess if Pawn Stars want to trademark the name that may be a different situation.

1013 days ago
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john5oregon    

"PAWN STAR"
"PAWN STARS"

...doesn't that make a difference?

1013 days ago
14.

Jennyy    

Big guy stomping on the little guy in order to take what he wants. Yup it's the AMERICAN way, no doubt about it.

1013 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Yeah, different states license registrations, but I suppose the national Trademark office takes precedent.

1013 days ago
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