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Patent office didnít receive a single public complaint before stripping Redskins trademark
Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | Jim McElhatton

Posted on 07/02/2014 6:25:12 AM PDT by Hoodat

The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins‘ trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn’t received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team’s name, records show.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ruled last month that the name was disparaging to American Indians. The team is appealing that decision.

Politicians, including President Obama, have waded into the team name controversy, with many saying the team should change its name. But despite widespread media attention and a legal fight that goes back more than a decade, the USPTO recently acknowledged there’s hardly been an avalanche of public complaints filed with the agency.

In fact, the agency doesn’t have any record of correspondence from the public about the Redskins‘ name — expressing sentiments one way or another — prior to the board’s June 18 ruling.

A Freedom of Information Act request from The Washington Times asking for any communications from Congress or the public produced just 13 pages of records.

Six of those pages were . . .

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: obama; patent; redskins; sports
Obama's got a cell phone and is not afraid to use it.
1 posted on 07/02/2014 6:25:12 AM PDT by Hoodat
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To: Hoodat

If I were the Redskins I’d just keep using the name. Everyone knows who they are. They don’t need no stinkin authority from the Feds to use their name.


2 posted on 07/02/2014 6:28:48 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Rename to the Austin Redskins.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 6:29:40 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: Hoodat

Why do liberals care when NO ONE complained? Because they are power hungry totalitarians who think that they know better than anyone else.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 6:31:01 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Hoodat

Trademark is not my specialty, but I don’t really find the lack of public complaint (beyond the individual(s) who filed the original action) not surprising. Such proceedings don’t rely on anyone but the parties to the action. In this unique case perhaps, but I doubt a similar review of other trademarks that have been invalidated would find anything submitted by the general public.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 6:34:47 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Who knew that this was even going on?

I bet the USPTO would have gotten a good freeping had it been socialized here.

Not too far back the history of the Redskins name was published here, and it dates back to a particular Indian, King Tammany, for which the later-infamous Tammany Hall was named, and who was friendly to the early settlers of America.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 6:36:41 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: jsanders2001

That’s not the issue. If this stands, any company or person can copy the logo right off the webpage and make and sell T-shirts and hats and so on, taking millions of dollars of sales away from the team.


7 posted on 07/02/2014 6:39:28 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: Hoodat
Just paint the players` skin red as the fans do:
8 posted on 07/02/2014 6:39:49 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: jsanders2001

They can keep using the name..., but just won’t have the federal trademark to go after others who put the name on products. Opens the door to cheap “counterfeits.” If they are unsuccessful reinstating the mark, wouldn’t be surprised if they change their name and get a new trademark - lots of money selling stuff with the team’s name on it.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 6:39:52 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: LibertyOh

Isn’t this all insanity? Wasting time on this idiocy while it looks like the economy is on its deathbed and the stage for WW3 is being set in the Middle East?


10 posted on 07/02/2014 6:49:23 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Hoodat

Complaints? we don’t need no stinkin complaints.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 6:50:19 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Hoodat

bookmark


12 posted on 07/02/2014 6:50:53 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Hoodat

“Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who successfully moved a federal agency to withdraw trademark protections from the Washington Redskins because it considers the team’s name derogatory, lives on a reservation where Navajos root for the Red Mesa High School Redskins. She opposes this name; the Native Americans who picked and retain it evidently do not.”

Imagine that! It is so offensive to American Indians that they name their own sports teams “Redskins”. Just to remember how offensive it is I guess.


13 posted on 07/02/2014 6:57:08 AM PDT by sigzero
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To: Hoodat

The Team Name Nazis can do whatever they want. There is already tons and tons of Redskins gear out there. Washington will always be the Redskins and their fans aren’t going to stop calling them that.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 6:57:43 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Hoodat

Big gub mint at it’s nazi best


15 posted on 07/02/2014 7:05:09 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Hoodat

Just another step in the government taking further control of speech and future thought modification. I can only hope that liberals will one day realize they don’t want their lives micromanaged by the government. Sadly we seem to be rushing headlong into the “Brave New World” described by Aldous Huxley. Keep the masses uneducated, in confined places, placated with drugs and sex and everything will be all right for the elites. What a crock of BS, but it’s happening before my eyes.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 7:05:45 AM PDT by Boomer One
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To: Hoodat

Tyranny.


17 posted on 07/02/2014 7:18:24 AM PDT by caligatrux (...some animals are more equal than others.)
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To: Boomer One
I can only hope that liberals will one day realize they don’t want their lives micromanaged by the government.

Liberals don't look at it that way. They are the micro-managers. And they get to micro-manage us!

It has not, nor will it ever, occur to them that they might be among those that their government micro-manages.

It's called an apparatchnik mentality.

18 posted on 07/02/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Hoodat

Obama and goons are attempting to ‘stir the pot’. The goons want ‘white civil unrest’ so they can put the boot on our necks. Expect more of this crap leading up to mid-term elections. They’re trying to make us act like Rodney King hotheads... It ain’t gonna happen. We’ll respond - but not with impotent rage in the middle of a street...


19 posted on 07/02/2014 7:26:40 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: Hoodat

Obama and goons are attempting to ‘stir the pot’. The goons want ‘white civil unrest’ so they can put the boot on our necks. Expect more of this crap leading up to mid-term elections. They’re trying to make us act like Rodney King hotheads... It ain’t gonna happen. We’ll respond - but not with impotent rage in the middle of a street... Jim McElhatton needs to see the larger picture. We’re being poked with sticks and taunted...


20 posted on 07/02/2014 7:27:29 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: Hoodat
"The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins‘ trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn’t received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team’s name, records show."

They were just following orders from above.

21 posted on 07/02/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: jsanders2001

That’s their objective. Too many things happening to keep up with it all - so pile more distractions on like a silly trademark case sure to make the news and people will talk about this instead of the southern invasion or the now fully militarized Al Qaeda heir and continuing unemployment.

God help us stem the tide in November. They are trying their best to collapse the system before then, or provoke an impeachment battle in order to re-establish victimhood and then blame non-progress on anything actually benefitting our country as the fault of those wascally wepublicans.


22 posted on 07/02/2014 7:34:31 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: Hoodat

No ,it was Harry The Reid


23 posted on 07/02/2014 7:35:58 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: LibertyOh; All
They can keep using the name..., but just won’t have the federal trademark to go after others who put the name on products. Opens the door to cheap “counterfeits.” If they are unsuccessful reinstating the mark, wouldn’t be surprised if they change their name and get a new trademark - lots of money selling stuff with the team’s name on it.

So all these cheap counterfeits will give a lot more publicity (e.g. people wearing the shirts and caps, etc.) to the name Redskins...again the feds shoot themselves in the foot! At least on that point I am glad!

24 posted on 07/02/2014 8:23:42 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: notdownwidems

“So all these cheap counterfeits will give a lot more publicity (e.g. people wearing the shirts and caps, etc.) to the name Redskins...”

You are correct that the law of unintended consequences would apply to yet another liberal brain f*rt. If they keep the name I would agree - lots more products being sold with the supposedly offensive name, thus more offense being made.

This is where the capitalism will step back in. If the owner of the name has essentially had his ownership taken away and given to anyone wanting to use it, he’ll come up with another name for his team so he can control the sales of merchandise with the name he owns on it. But this will take some time, and I wouldn’t be surprised for fans to ignore the new name and simply buy shirts and caps... with the old name - at a greatly reduced price. It will take years for a new name to become established in the minds of true fans.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 8:34:59 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: LibertyOh

You’d think all that money spent educating the liberals would give them at least some modicum of rational thinking skills. They claim to be so intelligent yet they cannot look at all the evidence piled sky high for all to see and understand that their idol is a fabricated deceiver of the highest order and means to do this nation harm with prejudice


26 posted on 07/02/2014 9:30:26 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Hoodat

The patent office acted stupidly.


27 posted on 07/02/2014 9:32:25 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: dinodino

Rename the Redskin Potatoes, or better yet, rename the team the Washington Liberals.


28 posted on 07/02/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: Zippo44

Sorry, I meant to say rename the team the Washington Libtards. Pink uniforms and ballet slippers.


29 posted on 07/02/2014 10:41:50 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: Hoodat; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Rush Limbaugh remarked on today’s show that now that the trademark has been revoked, the Redskins moniker will now be all over the place.

I will enjoy the salty taste of the tears of the grievance mongers when that happens.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


30 posted on 07/02/2014 7:28:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks






America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

31 posted on 07/02/2014 8:00:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: Hoodat

Soros Administration just flexing its muscles. I guess the message is a warning to all businesses of what can happen to them.


32 posted on 07/03/2014 4:22:02 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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