- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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The Supreme Court passed up a chance yesterday to settle a multimillion-dollar dispute between an artist and the NFL over a logo for the Baltimore Ravens.

Frederick Bouchat had sued and won a jury decision, claiming the NFL stole his idea for a logo for the Ravens. But at a follow-up trial two years ago, jurors said he was not entitled to a share of the team’s profits from logo merchandise. He had sought $10million.

Bouchat’s lawyer contended the verdict against him provides “powerful and savvy market entities with a license to steal.” Justices declined without comment to consider the case.

Bouchat, a security guard and amateur artist, had drawn the design of a bird and shield in 1995, before the expansion team’s name or logo were chosen. The Ravens’ initial logo featured outspread raven wings flanking a shield bearing the letter “B.”

The attorney for the Ravens and the NFL said the logo did not boost sales of merchandise.

Note — The Ravens began a four-day passing camp yesterday at their Owings Mills, Md., training facilities. Kyle Boller, the rookie who finished last season on the bench with an AFC-worst 62.4 passer rating, is once again the starting quarterback.

The camp isn’t mandatory. Among the no-shows were Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Corey Fuller and Jamal Lewis, who faces drug charges in Atlanta.

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