Feds Strip Washington Redskins of Six Trademarks Deemed Offensive to Native Americans
The NFL’s Washington Redskins are paying a huge financial price for not kowtowing to the p.c. police who are currently running the federal government.
From USA Today:
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) canceled six trademark registrations owned by the Washington NFL club today, ruling that the term “Redskins” was disparaging to “a substantial composite” of American Indians when the marks were granted between 1967 and 1990.
The Washington team can appeal and retain its federal trademark rights in the meantime. And even if the club loses on appeal, it can continue to use the name, as it has for more than 80 years. But without trademark protection, others could potentially use the team’s name and logos to sell merchandise with impunity, although owners of unregistered marks can still try to protect them through state statutes or common law.
The announcement comes on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s declaration that he would boycott Redskins games until the franchise changes its name.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder apparently knew the government was considering stripping him of the trademarks. In a 2013 interview with USA Today, Snyder addressed the possibility by saying he would “NEVER, you can use caps” consider changing the name.
Welcome to Obama’s America, where federal officials are more worried about punishing a football team for an offensive nickname than they are about fixing the economy, controlling the southern border, or preventing Iraq from falling back into the terrorists’ hands.