Skip to comments.Redskins lose trademark, Harry Reid says team will be 'forced' to change name
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, wont see any immediate change even if Daniel Snyders team eventually loses in court. Thats because all the order will do is eliminate the trademark the team has on merchandise.
The Redskins are expected to appeal.
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Nazi Germany did it! If I were the owner I’d pull the team out of there.
Coercive Federal government enforcing its politically correct preferences. Beware.
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.
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.
Please, oh please change the name.
I like the sound of the San Antonio Redskins myself.
Reid should be forced to change his name to something more accurate.
Harry Reid should be forced to change his name to Prisoner #156472.
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.
We could name the team after him-—The Dingettes!
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”
Names that fit: change “dingy” to “a**hole”.
“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.
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.
Harry Reid’s name offends me —
I demand that he change it.
When he wants to impress the impressionable. Otherwise .... not so much.
Just a wired-up wiseguy, mostly. I mean, whaddayawant?
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?
I think he was a low income lawyer and is now a multi-millionaire.
Change it to the Washington Mormons.
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.
Obama's little fans will be taught to salute in celebration of this victory.
I would rather not see the team give into the PC crap.
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.
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.
What about Indiana? Indianapolis? The pc list is endless.....
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.
I think we need to truly capture the essence of the city itself. So I give you:
The Washington “Bitch Set Me Ups”...
Many americans still worship the national socialist state, with or without the salute.
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.
How about the Redskinks! Or Redskyns, or
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!)
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.
I just did a USGov Copyright search. 126 hits on Nigg3r.
Over 600 on Nigg@.
Ok. Make it the San Antonio Banditos.
I love it!
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
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.