Patent Office Withdraws “Redskins” Trademark Registration; Wingnuts Go On Warpath
NY Times reports: nytimes.com
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, canceled the trademark registration of the name Redskins for use in connection with a professional football team, saying that “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.”
The board does not have the authority to ban the use of the term, however, and the registration of the trademark is likely to be held intact while the team appeals. If the decision is upheld, others will be free to use the name and the team logo on clothing and other gear, which could lead to more Redskins merchandise on the market, not less.
Our favorite wingnuts over at #TCOT are even more enraged about this than they were yesterday by the capture of a major Benghazi perp.Redskins TM Sadness