Today the US Trademark and Patent Office canceled the trademark of the Washington Redskins, after complaints and debates that it is disparaging to Native Americans. After doing some research I learned that the ruling actually finds the trademark was disparaging to at least 30% or more of Native Americans at the time it’s license was issued in the 1960’s. Obviously the team’s owner will challenge this ruling in court, in previous filings he has stated the name is meant to honor Native Americans. While the Trademark and Patent Office did not disagree that it could be viewed in such a way, ultimately it was found to be offensive by enough Native Americans at the time of it’s issuance.
The team can still use the name, however it is not trademarked. Therefore anyone can now legally use that name for a business….Redskins Ice Cream Shoppe, but who would really be stupid enough to do that? Wait, please don’t answer that.
Here’s the link to our story on the ruling, make a comment and let me know what you think!
The pic above is of some Redskins Cheerleaders at a charity event. You are most welcome guys…