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US Patent Office finds Redskins' name offensive
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Posted on 06/19/2014 4:51:22 AM PDT by IndianaJax

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins' name is ''disparaging of Native Americans'' and should be stripped of trademark protection - a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.

By a vote of 2-1, the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with five Native Americans in a dispute that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: freepmuch; redskins
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Good to see the thought police are alive and well in all areas of the government.
1 posted on 06/19/2014 4:51:22 AM PDT by IndianaJax
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=redskins


2 posted on 06/19/2014 4:52:41 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: IndianaJax

We need Rush, Beck, Hanity, Levin....these guys need to find out and give us the names of the people who made this decision. No way these people making these decisions should be able to do it without being named.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 4:54:02 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: IndianaJax
When has being "disparaging" ever been considered legal grounds for denying - let alone stripping - a trademark?

Since when can Commerce just make up new laws?

4 posted on 06/19/2014 4:55:32 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: IndianaJax

So now the Patent Office is the arbiter of what the government finds acceptable? And what ist verbotten!


5 posted on 06/19/2014 4:56:35 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: kjam22
It's Michelle Lee, former patent counsel for Google, who now runs the Patent Office.
6 posted on 06/19/2014 4:56:51 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

besides, and this adds to the idiocy of it, Redskins is a compliment, it’s not disparaging

who would name a team after a lot of weaklings?


7 posted on 06/19/2014 4:57:32 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

who would name a team after a lot of weaklings?

How about a new team name: The fighting Bohners?


8 posted on 06/19/2014 4:59:49 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: wideawake

We have to play serious. Our side has to put real pressure on these people.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 5:00:13 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Mouton

yeah
the White House Sissies


10 posted on 06/19/2014 5:02:07 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IndianaJax

I find Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben offensive. Who do I contact?


11 posted on 06/19/2014 5:02:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: IndianaJax

This should illustrate to everyone how deep the problem is. We are intellectually and morally divided. The people on the other side control the central government.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 5:03:15 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: IndianaJax

Here we are 20 trillion in debt with the world collapsing around us and what is Obozo concerned with? . . . a football team that has had its logo for 75 years. Someone posted yesterday that pretty soon hispanic groups are going to protest the Cleveland Browns. Names acceptable to Obozo Washington Transgendereds,


13 posted on 06/19/2014 5:06:20 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: IndianaJax
No matter what you think about the name, if "Redskins" isn't grandfathered, then nothing is.

14 posted on 06/19/2014 5:06:22 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: IndianaJax

What if you find Marxism offensive?

Pray America wakes up


15 posted on 06/19/2014 5:07:03 AM PDT by bray (Palin/Putin 2016)
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To: demshateGod

They should also declare the logos of the Cleveland Indians and the Atlanta Braves offensive. I find the Atlanta Brave’s chant and chop particularly offensive (of course, as a Phillies fan, I would).


16 posted on 06/19/2014 5:09:44 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: kjam22

This is an OBAMA DECISION!! All Federal Departments, Boards, Commissions, Agency’s and Offices are under the POS. A mere phone call (with Pen) to the right person and the POS gets the job done.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: IndianaJax

Orwell s world is alive when the PATENT office is now part of the re education process.
This crap really needs to stop.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 5:11:50 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I will NOT eat at a CRACKER BARREL. I find the term “Cracker” Offensive.


19 posted on 06/19/2014 5:12:49 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: IndianaJax

I'm offended.

I fully expect the patent office to act equally

20 posted on 06/19/2014 5:13:12 AM PDT by kidd
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To: IndianaJax

Maybe Snider should start with DEMANDING INDIANajax should be offensive. As is INDIANapolis, INDIANa, any city that refers to a Saint, any team with a ‘Religious’ name, lets get those Rivers and Lakes while we are at it.

Colts, Cowboys, Mustangs, Stallions etc should also be banned.

All players with the name of Mohhamed (First or Last)

I am sure if we try hard enough we can just about BAN everything.

Gentlemen and Gentleladies, we have crested the mountain and heading towards the valley at full speed and no brakes.
The ride will not kill you, it is the sudden stop that will do us in as there is virtually NO WAY this can be completely turned around.

Just like a Drunk or Junkie, ‘You ain’t seen nothing till you hit the bottom’.


21 posted on 06/19/2014 5:13:42 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Better to keep your enemies inside peeing out, rather than keep them outside, peeing in.".)
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To: IndianaJax

I emailed the U.S. Patent Office and told them I find Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben racially offensive and that they should cancel their trademarks.


22 posted on 06/19/2014 5:13:50 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Mr. K

The bigger question is, why was it OK for the previous 70-100 years?


23 posted on 06/19/2014 5:14:21 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

You forgot Red Man Tobacco (don’t use it, but I’ve seen it).


24 posted on 06/19/2014 5:15:07 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: IndianaJax
Tell the leftist perpetually offended professional whiners to pound sand.


25 posted on 06/19/2014 5:15:59 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: ilovesarah2012

Next: You won’t be able to call Communists “Reds”. Not even “Pinkos”.


26 posted on 06/19/2014 5:16:10 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Mouton

http://www.gobluehose.com/?KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=18100&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=

Presbyterian College Blue Hose

That’s gotta be offensive to somebody!


27 posted on 06/19/2014 5:17:19 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: xrmusn

Forgot to add

When we let them ‘do away’ with the “Frito Bandito” no one realized the downward spin we would take.

Of course, bumbling, idiotic WHITE MEN are good for the advertising world to ridicule and since ‘they’ insist WE are the majority AND don’t really have a say in it (OR CARE) it will only get ‘worse’.


28 posted on 06/19/2014 5:17:33 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Better to keep your enemies inside peeing out, rather than keep them outside, peeing in.".)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Good catch. I’ll put that on the list, too.

This could be fun.


29 posted on 06/19/2014 5:18:04 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: IndianaJax

I am concerned about what they are going to call my favorite potatoes.


30 posted on 06/19/2014 5:18:35 AM PDT by kempster
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To: IndianaJax
85,000 people out there cheering for their Redskins is disparaging????

Horsefeathers!

31 posted on 06/19/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: kjam22

That is exactly why these offices are infested with leftists.

Positions of unaccountable power over others attract leftists like moths to a porch light.


32 posted on 06/19/2014 5:19:07 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: 2nd Amendment

Obviously, this is the greatest problem facing our nation today.

Obama is pulling every squirrel he can find out of every orifice at this point. ANYTHING but the IRS, Bengazzi, Iraq, the NSA, The VA, the invasion of the United States...anything.


33 posted on 06/19/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: IndianaJax
Just one more example of a rogue regime using the usually -sleepy bureaucracy to rule over the people.
34 posted on 06/19/2014 5:19:38 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: IndianaJax

Racist Trademarks. Slavery, Orient, Colonialism and Commodity Culture

by Malte Hinrichsen

http://www.academia.edu/2173981/Racist_Trademarks._Slavery_Orient_Colonialism_and_Commodity_Culture


35 posted on 06/19/2014 5:21:28 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: MrB

Like rabid animals, they jump on their liberal cause to eliminate the name of the “RedSkins”.

You don’t like it?, Too bad, live with it!

I don’t like the “Ebony” magazine but do you see anyone jumping on the cause to remove or change the name?.......


36 posted on 06/19/2014 5:22:20 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: The Antiyuppie

You know, I hated Bill Clinton and all the Chinese money and Lewinsky shenanigans . . But he is looking like George Washington compared to this manchurian leftist muslim.


37 posted on 06/19/2014 5:22:41 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: DaveA37

Rush said this yesterday, and I tend to go along with it.

The fedgov, ie, OBAMA, is specifically targeting the Redskins because the owner was defiant.


38 posted on 06/19/2014 5:23:59 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: IndianaJax

Corporations all over the United States use “Indian” names, and companies have logos and trademarks with “Indian” themes. From the blue-eyed woman in “Indian Princess” garb on the door of the trucks of the “Navajo” trucking company to the “Indian princess” depicted on the Land ‘O Lakes butter packages, stereotypical images of Native Americans are everywhere.

Many corporations add insult to injury by not only appropriating Native images and traditions, but scrambling them in the process. Tuscarora Yarns, for example, has chosen to represent itself with a logo that is a stereotypical image of a Native American in a Northern Plains Indian eagle feather headdress, often misnamed a “war bonnet.” My grandfather —a full blood Cherokee and Tuscarora — was born and raised in North Carolina, the traditional homeland of both these Native peoples. Knowing this, I educated myself about everything I could that related to both nations. Anyone else who took the trouble to do so would know that Tuscarora people did not wear this type of regalia.

http://stuffwhitepeopledo.blogspot.com/2008/07/continue-to-consume-racist-food.html


39 posted on 06/19/2014 5:24:38 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: IndianaJax

The next Republican in the WH will need a toilet plunger in every agency of government...


40 posted on 06/19/2014 5:25:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: IndianaJax

The name of a Washington State Indian reservation high school team mascot is the Red Devils.

The name is ethnically and religiously non PC...... but they chose it.

(I was there and saw it on the signboard at the highschool)


41 posted on 06/19/2014 5:27:28 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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In the "minds" of leftists ...

The image of a band of heroic warriors is considered insulting.

Tells us something about leftists.

42 posted on 06/19/2014 5:30:07 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: ilovesarah2012

IIRC, Tuscaroras are located in the northeast? I used to see the name in accounts of the French & Indian War of the 1750’s.

And King Philip wouldn’t know what to do with a feather headdress, either.


43 posted on 06/19/2014 5:31:39 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Indian, America’s First Motocycle.


44 posted on 06/19/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (June IS "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

The 450 Companies That Still Have Indian Mascots

A federal agency has ruled that the Washington Redskins’ name disparages Native Americans. Hundreds of other companies use Native American images to sell their wares. Here’s what their logos look like

The Washington Redskins lost their trademark (pending appeal) on Wednesday after a federal agency ruled that the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

While the team will no longer have exclusive rights to its name, it is far from the last business to use Native American imagery in its merchandise. The United States Patent and Trademark Office categorizes all logos by the images they contain. Those records include over 600 active trademarks for insignia that feature Native American men and women, registered to 450 different companies. In most cases, no one is accusing these companies of disparagement. If faced with an action the agency evaluates whether trademarks were disparaging at the time of their registration.

Here’s a look at all the Native American imagery trademarked in the U.S. from the now-defunct Redskins logo to Land O’Lakes butter and American Spirit cigarettes.

http://time.com/2894357/redskins-trademark-indian-interactive/


45 posted on 06/19/2014 5:34:42 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: IndianaJax

I smell a Holder in the woodpile.


46 posted on 06/19/2014 5:37:24 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
I woke up this morning wondering if by any chance the US Patent Office had somehow found the word "Redskins" offensive.

Thank GOD someone posted this article... LOL! :)

47 posted on 06/19/2014 5:42:25 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: IndianaJax

Just rename them. Get rid of the name Washington, because he probably owned slaves. Name them for the town they are in, Landover. And call them the Landover Rednecks. Cuz crackas can’t be offended.


48 posted on 06/19/2014 5:47:14 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: IndianaJax

In other articles, reporters and bloggers have done other searches and found a number of “offensive” terms that are still subject to active, renewed patents. Words that slur other ethnic groups at least as much as “redskins.”


49 posted on 06/19/2014 5:59:08 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: IndianaJax

In Native Choktaw, “Oklahoma” means “red people” I expect all federal funds to be suspended immediately...


50 posted on 06/19/2014 6:05:52 AM PDT by bike800
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