U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

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  1. The Benjamin

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    BY THERESA VARGAS June 18 at 9:56 AM
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s 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.

    Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”


    “We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath, said. “The dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.”
     
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    I hear the term redneck and cracker all the time. Those aren't disparaging?

    This is just stupid.

    the ONLY reason this is an issue is because people are raised to be offended.
     
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    to be fair, no one names their trademark company redneck/cracker.

    i'm okay w/this actually. wanna remove their trademark b/c of this and it's not a new law created soley to screw the skin's fine this is the proper way to do it.

    i'm still stunned snyder didn't take the high road and just change the name as it gives a reason to have all the fans buy all new gear. No one is going to stop being a fan b/c they change the name, so he loses nothing. I just didn't want to see him forced into b/c of some anti pc campaign b/c the lib's found 10 people that found it offensive.
     
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    And this was my proposed solution all along...Snyder can keep the team name, nobody is forcing him to change anything, but he loses the patent rights to it. Now we can see what more important...the name, or profit.
     
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    So far this isn't over though he's already said he's appealing the decision. Sounds like he'll keep the name all the same anyways, at least that's what the report sounded like.
     
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    Of course it aint over, things like this will take years to get settled through the courts.
     
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    Redneck Rampage is a video game that was sold on the market. Cracker Jacks is a snack product with a white sailor as a mascot.


    What is interesting is that the NFL now has a very real issue with fake jersey manufacturers being given a green light to produce all the Redskins stuff they can sell.
     
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    China already is producing counterfeit jerseys & swag, only now it isn't counterfeit......
     
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    Well, like i said...itll be years as this makes its way through the courts, and during an appeal, they still have protection on their trademarks.

    And as far as i can tell, this ruling only applies to the name itself, their other trademarks (logos, fonts, colors, etc), are still protected. If this ruling survives appeals, and Snyder still keeps the name, it will only affect things with the "Redskins" name actually on it (i.e. something with their logo will still be protected).
     
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    honestly I don't think the trademark was even really needed for this. As Bearstuff pointed out all teams suffer from their stuff being copied in China and sold aroun the world, and I doubt anyone is looking at opening a company called "redskins" that would be in competition w/an NFL football team and their clientel.
     
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