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Skip to comments.U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging
Posted on 06/18/2014 7:09:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football teams name disparaging to Native Americans.
The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.
This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm, said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Who is John Galt.
This is a big deal - no trademark, no protection from copycats, no royalties, etc...
The Federal Government has become a highly political entity
Their trademark is cancelled so anyone can use this “disparaging” moniker? Makes sense.
How the heck can they take something that has been around for decades, without paying for it? /rhetorical
Are they for real? Anything can be demeaning now. The offended tactic and fascist neighbor to neighbor denunciation has begun. Just like in Nazi Germany. Dont like a neighbor,mjust say he traded with an offending dude with a funny hat. Soviet union? My neighbor is a rich capitalist, just painted his window sil.
You are so right.
Interestingly enough, Washingtonpost.com must be excerpted due to copywrite issues.
Not satire? Call them the Rednecks. and use those small round potatoes as the mascot.
Sooner or later the owners of the ‘Skins will give in. And at that time I suggest they just drop the nickname altogether. Just call them “Washington”. No Bengals, no Ravens, no nothing. That would be the ultimate protest for the way they have been treated.
This stuff started with a gay minority. So now any minority offended single voice can destroy an entire industry or tradition or tribe.
It is how Hillary destroyed her opposition,the feminist little girl’s cop fascist way.
Color me surprised..Not. So this means that Sam Adams Queer Beer has to drop it’s trademark name because the brand is disparaging to American Patriots, ....right?...Right?
So not necessarily an improper ruling. Depends on whether the term really is disparaging.
This will probably be appealed, eventually, to the Supremes, who will decide whether Redskins is disparaging.
So now “Redskins” can be used by anyone. Long may it proliferate!
But I bet N.W.A. (N*ggers With Attitude) still retains their trademark registration.
FedGov is off the chain and needs to be destroyed so we can put our Constitutional Republic back together.
I think the point when they no longer have a lock on the merchandise revenue via trademark will be when they give up the name.
Keep the logo and change the name to the Washington Thinskins.
The FedGov is a parasite that was once benign to it’s host, but is now killing said host.
It also means that, if they can cancel this patent, they can pretty much cancel any patent.
Supreme court here we come.
Probably won’t end well.
Supreme court here we come.
Probably won’t end well.
I can’t imagine this is doing much for the value of their merchandising stock.
I find the Pilsbury Doughboy offensive to obese people.
I am offended by it and it should be banned.
See how easy it is to destroy free speech & expression?
How do you cancel a Trademark that has been operational and utilized and in the public domain for decades???
The Trademark office needs to have its Trademark revoked.
they won’t have to give in, because they will be forced to sell the team to a consortium of PC believers who will change the name. the owner has already lost in the realm of public opinion, he needs to change the name immediately. some suggestions are:
The Washington Fascists
The Athletic Negroes
The Politically Correct Pussies
The Hairy Readers
The Washington Reds
the owner will sell for 2 billion tax free and be done with this circus.
May the ‘Redskins’ live forever.
We’re coming for Mrs Butterworth next.
Drinkin’, Diddle, and Death.....a law firm I can support....
Washington Lampreys in honor of DC.
Is Cowboys disparaging to cowboys?
Is Redskins disparaging to Native Americans?
Only in the eyes of warped minds.
Ready for Hillary has same sense of humor as the NSA
No, the pro-Hillary activists arent tapping your phones, but they are just as humorless as the spy agency when mocked. In November, we reported that the NSA and Homeland Security Department were none too pleased about parody products sold online using an altered image of their logo, such as a T-shirt with: Peeping while youre sleeping inside the NSA seal and under that, The NSA, the only part of the government that actually listens.
And that's where they - and the NFL - get a lot of money from. Strip them on the trademark and anybody and his brother can sell Deadskin items and not have to pay a fee. So just drop the nickname altogether and tell the NFL to screw themselves if they don't like it.
I confess that once Washington has been beaten into submission my fear is that my own Kansas City Chiefs will be the next target. Then the Cleveland Indians. And the Chicago Blackhawks.
No they have not given up, and with the two recent presidential victories it seems as if they are winning.
Can the Fascist States of America (FSA) be far behind?
The Obama Mafia got it’s marching orders from the White Hut.
Wow, another federal agency being used to target democrat enemies.
yep , the US has been taken over and there is only one way to get it back
But, I didn't think the US government could arbitrarily transfer the assets of the secured GM and Chrysler bondholders to the UAW. What do I know? Fascists can do ANYTHING.
Harry Reid getting involved again just like he is at the IRS
I’m rather offended that Indians get special rights to open Casinos all over the country while we palefaces can’t.
I’m no fan of gambling but I’m even less a fan of the equal protection clause of the constitution being a one way street.
I think it would be funny as all git out if the cancellation is upheld, leading to a flood of non-licensed Redskin-logo apparel and other items on the market. It is not right that the team loses out on this revenue, but having every other person between North Carolina and Baltimore running around in a Redskin jersey would be hilarious!
I like my redskins fried in butter with onions, garlic and rosemary.
The use of the name for a team implies the American Indians were great warriors. I don’t see how that is disparaging. At least in previous generations, that would likely be viewed as a compliment.