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Patent Office quandary: No to 'Redskins,' yes to 'Crazy Bitch'?
Washington Examiner ^ | June 23, 2014 | Byron York

Posted on 06/23/2014 6:15:20 AM PDT by don-o

Law professor Jonathan Turley questions the U.S. Patent Office's decision to rescind trademark protection for the Washington Redskins. While the move pleased many activists and politicians, Turley asks in a Washington Post article Sunday, is such social activism on the part of a federal agency really a good idea?

"As federal agencies have grown in size and scope, they have increasingly viewed their regulatory functions as powers to reward or punish citizens and groups," Turley writes. "There is an obvious problem when the sanctioning of free exercise of religion or speech becomes a matter of discretionary agency action."

In Turley's view, some trademarks are protected not because of any inherent free speech rights, but simply because no one has yet challenged them. "Currently trademarked slogans such as 'Uppity Negro' and 'You Can’t Make A Housewife Out Of A Whore' could lose their protections," he writes, "despite the social and political meaning they hold for their creators."

That's an understatement. It is, in fact, easy to find a multitude of potentially problematic trademarks. Indeed, a stroll through the Patent Office's Trademark Electronic Search System is a lesson in the remarkable diversity of trademark-protected names -- names that some Americans might well find offensive.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: redskins
Have the Redskins shared their plans to challenge this nonsense?
1 posted on 06/23/2014 6:15:20 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

How come all the “crazy bi*^chs” aren’t offended?


2 posted on 06/23/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: don-o

It’s obvious what happened. The big guy has turned the irs, the fbi, the doj into his private playthings. And now it’s the patent office.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 6:18:25 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: rktman

I remember criticism towards the XFL (football) team in Memphis called the Maniax. People said it maligned the mentally ill.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 6:23:07 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: don-o

The Federal bureaucracy has become completely politicized. Someone needs to clean house.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 6:23:23 AM PDT by PGR88
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How can a nondescript word mark all of the sudden become invalid? Shouldn’t a TM protect against such divisive, political manipulation?


6 posted on 06/23/2014 6:24:33 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: don-o

Does the U.S. Patent Office have a SWAT team?


7 posted on 06/23/2014 6:27:04 AM PDT by CPOSharky (If a libtards lips are moving...)
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To: rktman

“How come all the “crazy bi*^chs” aren’t offended?”

I am! Very! Outraged! Discriminated against in the name of all other crazy bi**chs in the U.S.

I’ve been called that so much, I answer to it. I DO have standing.

Where do I sign?

*Does this include a cash payout?
**Am I entitled to any settlement?
***What about book deals?


8 posted on 06/23/2014 6:27:17 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: don-o

What, “War on Women”?


9 posted on 06/23/2014 6:28:14 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: don-o
'You Can’t Make A Housewife Out Of A Whore'

And 'You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think'

10 posted on 06/23/2014 6:32:27 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: don-o

are the b8ches complaining?


11 posted on 06/23/2014 6:34:37 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: don-o

What if they hate sugary drinks and decide to rescind the trademark for CocaCola or Pepsi.

What if they decide to rescind the trademark for Mobil Oil because they don’t like the fact that they don’t support the Homosexual agenda?


12 posted on 06/23/2014 6:36:10 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: don-o; Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro

Currently trademarked slogans such as 'Uppity Negro'...could lose their protections...

13 posted on 06/23/2014 6:41:08 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Send wire...main office...tell them I said "OW!" Got it!)
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To: CPOSharky

Probably.

It seems like every other federal agency has one.

And even if they don’t have their own, they can always use the Department of Commerce’s.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 6:43:29 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: don-o
♪Hey
You're crazy bitch
But you f*kk so good, I'm on top of it
When I dream, I'm doing you all night
Scratches all down my back to keep me right on ♫

15 posted on 06/23/2014 6:46:29 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: ├čudda├čudd; All

How about:

throw rocks at boys t-shirts?

every rap song...

“pinp” imagry

blacksploitation, mexsploitation, and a who host of “sploitation” films?


16 posted on 06/23/2014 6:50:21 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: don-o

I disagree with the author on one point - what the govt is engaging in is not social activism, it is religion! They want to determine the morality and spirituality of this country and make sure it conforms to the fascist jackboot liberalism. No dissent or deviation allowed.


17 posted on 06/23/2014 6:53:15 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: longtermmemmory

“pimp”


18 posted on 06/23/2014 6:53:18 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: don-o

IP is nothing but a license to sue, and be sued.


19 posted on 06/23/2014 6:56:13 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: OpusatFR

Regardless of any book deals, much like the hildebeast (speaking of CB’s), you’ll come out of it broke and in debt. :>}


20 posted on 06/23/2014 6:58:34 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: OpusatFR

“How come all the “crazy bi*^chs” aren’t offended?”

My sister-in-law was offended.


21 posted on 06/23/2014 7:00:00 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

I generally object to use of the F word in any form, in accord with FR posting rules. However, I think it is useful to show that an intrinsically offensive word DOES receive copyright protection on an ongoing basis.


22 posted on 06/23/2014 7:03:02 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

For those who don’t know, that is a real song by the band Buckcherry. Came out in 2006.


23 posted on 06/23/2014 7:03:44 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: rktman

They don’t recognize themselves?


24 posted on 06/23/2014 7:32:44 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: don-o
I think we should list all of the potentially offensive trademarks and petition the patent office to revoke their trademarks.

I will start.

Scotch Tape - the name comes from the fact that originally 3M was so cheap they only put adhesive along the edges. Scotch = cheap. Isn't that offensive to Scottish people.

NAACP Isn’t “colored people” offensive. Also it implies that I am a person without color. Beige is a color.

Please add to the list so we can rid the world of offensive names and hopefully thought.

25 posted on 06/27/2014 7:00:36 PM PDT by djwright (Impeach Teleprompter)
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