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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
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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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