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Redskins lose trademark, Harry Reid says team will be 'forced' to change name
Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2014 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 06/18/2014 10:59:40 AM PDT by Cheerio

In what some see as the first step to forcing the Washington Redskins football team to change their name, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday cancelled six federal trademarks of the team name because it's “disparaging” to Native Americans.

“Petitioners have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging,” said the decision.

Fans, however, won’t see any immediate change — even if Daniel Snyder’s team eventually loses in court. That’s because all the order will do is eliminate the trademark the team has on merchandise.

The Redskins are expected to appeal.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; redskins; reid
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HUH? Losing a trademark doesn't FORCE them to do anyting. CONFISCATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH NO COMPENSATION - HOW IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?
1 posted on 06/18/2014 10:59:40 AM PDT by Cheerio
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To: Cheerio

Outrageous.


2 posted on 06/18/2014 11:01:38 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Cheerio

Nazi Germany did it! If I were the owner I’d pull the team out of there.


3 posted on 06/18/2014 11:01:49 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: Cheerio
So change the name like Harry wants.


4 posted on 06/18/2014 11:01:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Cheerio

Coercive Federal government enforcing its politically correct preferences. Beware.


5 posted on 06/18/2014 11:02:11 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Cheerio

Is Harry Reid a lawyer? I just read that it’ll take years for this to wind through the courts and in the meantime the Redskins will be able to sue for trademark infringement.


6 posted on 06/18/2014 11:02:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million for ANY 2016 pro-2nd Amendment candidate.)
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To: Cheerio

No, it doesn’t force them to do anything but it does mean that anyone and I do mean anyone can use their logo an trademark without paying the team one thin dime... so effectively they and the NFL will lose millions of dollars of revenue a year. This is nothing more than extortion.

There is no part of government liberals will not abuse to get their way.


7 posted on 06/18/2014 11:03:25 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: dead

8 posted on 06/18/2014 11:03:41 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million for ANY 2016 pro-2nd Amendment candidate.)
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To: Cheerio

Please, oh please change the name.

I like the sound of the San Antonio Redskins myself.


9 posted on 06/18/2014 11:04:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Cheerio
HOW IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?

It absolutely doesn't make sense to even complain about it. If Dingy Harry is so upset about the term "Redskins", why isn't he apoplectic about the state name Oklahoma? It translates to Red Man. Isn't that just as offensive as Redskins, Harry?
10 posted on 06/18/2014 11:05:52 AM PDT by plsvn
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To: Cheerio

Reid should be forced to change his name to something more accurate.


11 posted on 06/18/2014 11:06:07 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: Cheerio

Harry Reid should be forced to change his name to Prisoner #156472.


12 posted on 06/18/2014 11:06:09 AM PDT by Boojum
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To: Cheerio

I’m Native American and I’m not offended. Although I am of German and Swedish heritage on Mom’s side and Russian, Russian Jew and Serbian (my last name is of Kosovo Serbian origin) on Dad’s, I was born here so I consider myself Native American.


13 posted on 06/18/2014 11:06:24 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Cheerio

We could name the team after him-—The Dingettes!


14 posted on 06/18/2014 11:08:24 AM PDT by brooklyn dave
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To: Cheerio

You legally can’t do this.
Registered Trademarks including its color and font is legally protected.

Same reason they can’t change there name to “Apple” or “IBM”


15 posted on 06/18/2014 11:08:54 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Cheerio
So when is NWA (Niggaz With Attitude) going to have to surrender their trademark?


16 posted on 06/18/2014 11:09:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Cheerio

Names that fit: change “dingy” to “a**hole”.


17 posted on 06/18/2014 11:10:15 AM PDT by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: thackney

“I like the sound of the San Antonio Redskins myself.”

I prefer the San Antonio Bandits. There logo would be the hat from Rodeo San Antonio.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 11:11:39 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Cheerio

If they are forced to drop the name “Redskins” then drop it and don’t replace it with anything. If they can’t be the Washington Redskins football team then just be the Washington football team. That makes the statement that there is one, and only one name for that football team and they’re not allowed to use it.


19 posted on 06/18/2014 11:11:48 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Cheerio
Next on the chopping block:


20 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:01 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Cheerio

Harry Reid’s name offends me —

I demand that he change it.


21 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is Harry Reid a lawyer?

When he wants to impress the impressionable. Otherwise .... not so much.

Just a wired-up wiseguy, mostly. I mean, whaddayawant?

22 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:15 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Cheerio
This is government sanctioned extortion. And no doubt the political ruling class will get their piece of the action.

If I were the Redskins I would change my icon to a redskin peanut. The Redskins have spent a great deal of time and money to generate the goodwill that the name & icon have. If it was approved by the patent office in the past and the team spent many millions popularizing the once derogatory term, how is it that a small group of non representative native americans can suddenly claim ownership of a name?

23 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:33 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he was a low income lawyer and is now a multi-millionaire.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:44 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Cheerio
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25 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:46 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Cheerio

Change it to the Washington Mormons.


26 posted on 06/18/2014 11:13:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cheerio

Kinda dropping the veil, are they not?

The left is all about using force to impose their will on others.

And the more someone resists, the more the left will target them.


27 posted on 06/18/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Cheerio

Bump


28 posted on 06/18/2014 11:14:13 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Cheerio

Obama's little fans will be taught to salute in celebration of this victory.

29 posted on 06/18/2014 11:14:46 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I would rather not see the team give into the PC crap.


30 posted on 06/18/2014 11:15:25 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Cheerio

What’s amazing is how open and blatant politicians like Ried have now become in using the supposed neutral apparatus of Federal Bureaucracy in their political struggles.

I have seen this before - in Communist China.


31 posted on 06/18/2014 11:15:35 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: HamiltonJay

The NFL logo is still trademarked so only Redskin merchandise bearing that shield would be officially sanctioned products. There would be a substantial loss of income, but it would not mean all such revenue would be lost.


32 posted on 06/18/2014 11:18:11 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: plsvn

What about Indiana? Indianapolis? The pc list is endless.....


33 posted on 06/18/2014 11:18:21 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: fhayek

I’m so relieved that Harry Reid and the Obama administration know how to prioritize what is really important.

Good thing everything in the country and world is so great that they can spend time on important issues like a football teams name.


34 posted on 06/18/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: Cheerio

35 posted on 06/18/2014 11:19:41 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: brooklyn dave

I think we need to truly capture the essence of the city itself. So I give you:

The Washington “Bitch Set Me Ups”...


36 posted on 06/18/2014 11:20:00 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Cheerio
Since the Democrats wanted force him to change the name, if I was Dan Snyder, I would change the name to the "Washington Republicans"!

The country is a republic after all. So it holds true to the fact that it's in the nations capital, and it also has a bit of - "Up your's Harry Ried!".
37 posted on 06/18/2014 11:20:11 AM PDT by MMaschin
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To: Pollster1
My mother was born in 1921 and spent her teen years during the turmoil of the 30's. Here in america school children during that time would reach out their arms in a very similar way when reciting the pledge of allegiance. When Hitler became prominent, the practice stopped for obvious reasons.

Many americans still worship the national socialist state, with or without the salute.

38 posted on 06/18/2014 11:20:24 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Lmo56

If I had the time I would compile a list of all trademarked names which could be considered offensive.

Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are perfect examples. Both names stereotype the black man and woman as domestics.

These other trademarked names are important because it illustrates how the US Patent office is selectively targeting one organization at the request of the President, who, by the way, should worry about the Middle east instead of this crap.


39 posted on 06/18/2014 11:21:10 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: dead

How about the Redskinks! Or Redskyns, or


40 posted on 06/18/2014 11:21:51 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: Cheerio

There has to be a city that is dying to get a professional football team.

It is time the ‘Skins (Can they use that? Would all of with skin be offended?) leave D.C. to somewhere nice that actually wants them there - maybe somewhere in Texas (like everyone else from the northeast and California!)


41 posted on 06/18/2014 11:21:56 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: Cheerio
If Harry Reid had his way....
42 posted on 06/18/2014 11:22:00 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Cheerio

The world is catching fire all around us and this boob has time to worry about a pro sports team’s name? That is what is wrong with this country, the idiots are in charge and have their priorities messed up.


43 posted on 06/18/2014 11:23:34 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: a fool in paradise

I just did a USGov Copyright search. 126 hits on Nigg3r.
Over 600 on Nigg@.


44 posted on 06/18/2014 11:23:50 AM PDT by Slicksadick (We accept the love we think we deserve.)
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To: thackney

Ok. Make it the San Antonio Banditos.


45 posted on 06/18/2014 11:24:50 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: dead

I love it!


46 posted on 06/18/2014 11:24:52 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Cheerio
Harry Reid represents Nevada. While his job takes him to Washington, it is difficult to understand how the closet Nazi feels it is his business what an NFL team, with the Washington franchise, chooses to call itself.

William Flax

47 posted on 06/18/2014 11:25:35 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: FatherofFive

hahah, perfect!


48 posted on 06/18/2014 11:25:49 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: Cheerio

Here is a really interesting tid bit.....

I recently visited Neah Bay Washington on the Makah Indian reservation. The reservation high school has a mascot. The Red Devil. The teams are known as Red Devils.

How can this double slur be allowed?

It is both ethnic and religious


49 posted on 06/18/2014 11:26:22 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Cheerio

Illegal action by a fascist regime. Such dictatorships always seize private citizens’ property. The military power of the state apparatus turned against its citizens to control, enslave, and exploit them. Transformation of Amerika is well along and increasing One thing though, if the name isn’t trademarked then we can all use it everywhere in USA.


50 posted on 06/18/2014 11:27:39 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..)w)
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