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US Patent Office cancels Redskins Trademarks

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by Phoenix, Jun 18, 2014.

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  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    http://thinkprogress.org/default/20...cancels-trademark-for-redskins-football-team/


    In Landmark Decision, U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark For Redskins Football Team
    By Travis Waldron[​IMG] June 18, 2014 at 9:49 am Updated: June 18, 2014 at 9:57 am


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    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language.

    The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning.

    “We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion.
     
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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  7. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Evidently this happened before, in the 90's, and was overturned on appeal.
     
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Looking down on you Staff Member

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    Just remember the rules...

    #7 - You will not post political discussions or comments.

    If you break the rule, you get benched.
     
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  10. LatinMind

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    Wow US patent and trademark office has cancelled the Redskins trademark. hahahaha
     
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  11. jimnabby

    jimnabby Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Wow. That would seem to make a name change both inevitable and imminent, unless they can and do fight it in court.
     
  12. d_dub88

    d_dub88 Well-Known Member

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    Hilarious!
     
  13. speedkilz88

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    Appeals court has over-ruled this thing before.
     
  14. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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    LMAO!
     
  15. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Zone Supporter

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    The Washington "Reddish Hue Skintones"?
     
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  16. LittleD

    LittleD Well-Known Member

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    They can appeal this ruling and likely the Supreme Court will overturn the idiots...

    Now I'm sure the Cowboys logo is disparaging to someone someplace so I expect to see a court challenge to change our
    logo's soon...Right???
     
  17. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Did they lose the trademark? I heard they had 6 trademarks cancelled for being disparaging to Native Americans, which doesn't necessarily mean they lost the Redskin trademark. They could have filed a number of other trademarks related to the Redskin name that were invalidated, just like if the Cowboys lost the "Dallas Cowboy's Cheerleaders" trademark, that doesn't invalidate Dallas Cowboys as a trademark, for example.
     
  18. Denim Chicken

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    I told everyone that the name would change:

    Washington Redskins® --> Washington Redskins™
     
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  19. DallasEast

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

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...737bb8-f6ee-11e3-8aa9-dad2ec039789_story.html

    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.”

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    It's about damn time.
     
  20. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    It should be, the star is surely a constant reminder of childhood failings and therefore causes distress to idiots who never got a gold star at school.
     
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