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Disney Trademarks 'Seal Team 6,' Name Of Navy Unit That Killed Osama Bin Laden

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To be noted in the bloody annals of opportunistic franchising, The Walt Disney Company filed trademark applications on May 3, 2011 for “Seal Team 6,” the name of the Navy SEAL special forces team that killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011, reports Fishbowl NY.

The trademark applications came on May 3rd, two days after the operation that killed Bin Laden… and two days after “Seal Team 6″ was included in thousands of news articles and TV programs focusing on the operation. Disney’s trademark applications for “Seal Team 6″ cover clothing, footwear, headwear, toys, games and “entertainment and education services,” among other things.

Speculating that Disney may have been working on "an animated feature about a team of anthropomorphic seals in search of adventure," Fishbowl NY opts instead to suggest that the timing of the request more likely points to "capitalizing on current events." The applications, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, are pending. The name had been previously trademarked in 2006 for computer and video gaming by NovaLogic, reports KTLA.