1. HankAZ's Avatar
    I am sick to death of the political correctness. Polls indicate that the majority of the Native Americans are not only NOT offended by the name "Washington Redskins", but many actually consider it an honor. However, the federal government, as always, thinks it know best, and has decided to intervene. IMHO, this is beyond unconscionable - more strong-arm tactics by an administration racing out of control.

    Washington Redskins trademarks

    By Jacob Kastrenakes on June 18, 2014 10:05 am Email @jake_k 181Comments
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    The US Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins, the NFL team that's found itself the target of increasing backlash for using a racist slur as its name. "These registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered," the USPTO wrote in its decision. These trademarks largely cover broadcast rights, however, and it's unclear if that will lead to a material impact on the team — generally seen as among them most profitable in the league.
    "Thirty percent is without doubt a substantial composite."

    "The record establishes that, at a minimum, approximately thirty percent of Native Americans found the term 'redskins' used in connection with respondent’s services to be disparaging at all times including 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, and 1990," the USPTO writes. "Thirty percent is without doubt a substantial composite. To determine otherwise means it is acceptable to subject to disparagement one out of every three individuals."

    These petitions have actually been cancelled once before by the USPTO, the first coming from a challenge back in 1992. That was later overturned after an appeal, however, because the court found that the decision was not supported by substantial evidence. Now, the USPTO has clearly sought to avoid a repeat of this, specifically backing up its decision with what it calls substantial evidence.

    Revoking the team's trademarks is one of the strategies that advocates pushing for a change have suggested. This isn't quite the ruling that they'll need, but the idea is that allowing other companies to use the Redskins' name on merchandise would create make the team lose profits, creating an incentive for it to make a change. It's unclear if that would work, however, given the numerous other marks involved in merchandise, including player names and the NFL itself. And knockoffs are also by no means new.

    Still, even though the loss of these trademarks won't spell a dramatic change for the team, it adds fuel to the increasingly strong movement against the team's name. Just one month ago, half of the US Senate issued a letter to the team demanding a change, saying that the team's name was part of racism and bigotry. The Redskins' owner, Daniel Snyder, has refused to acknowledge this and has said that he won't change the team's name, however. The NFL hasn't been of much help either, effectively standing behind Snyder and his reasoning.
    taz323 likes this.
    06-18-2014 11:05 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Cleveland's Major League Baseball team and the Florida Seminoles are next?
    06-18-2014 11:25 AM
  3. HankAZ's Avatar
    Cleveland's Major League Baseball team and the Florida Seminoles are next?
    The Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs are next.

    And just wait 'til PETA gets involved... Bears, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Lions, Tigers, Seahawks, Marlins, Dolphins, Broncos, Orioles, Blue Jays (may be safe because they’re in Canada)...
    06-18-2014 11:41 AM
  4. Spencerdl's Avatar
    One word ....RIDICULOUS
    06-18-2014 11:53 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I know, right, but don't get me started..lol...Federal government leaders, especially under this administration, seems to have forgotten that they answer to we the people, and not the other way around.
    Spencerdl and the_tech_eater like this.
    06-18-2014 12:10 PM
  6. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    The Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs are next.

    And just wait 'til PETA gets involved... Bears, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Lions, Tigers, Seahawks, Marlins, Dolphins, Broncos, Orioles, Blue Jays (may be safe because theyre in Canada)...
    At least the Yankees will be able to win the World Series while the other teams are busy choosing a new name.
    06-20-2014 02:00 PM
  7. Drewbs's Avatar
    How is the government allowed to take the trademarks away
    07-02-2014 11:22 PM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Well?
    USPTO Cancels "Washington Redskins" trademarks-imageuploadedbytapatalk1404359670.763377.jpg


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    Drewbs likes this.
    07-02-2014 11:54 PM

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