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Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark

Postby Yumyumsuppertime » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:53 am

Finally!

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, an extremely rare move the office said it made because the name is offensive to Native Americans.

Trademarks that disparage or belittle other groups are not permitted under federal law. The ruling Wednesday pertains to six different trademarks containing the word “Redskin.”

Native American groups have been fighting the football team, its owners and sponsors for decades to change the name.

The 2-to-1 board decision can be reviewed by a federal court. The ruling does not mean that the trademarks can no longer be used by the NFL club, only that they are no longer registered, the statement said.

The ruling opens the door for outside sellers to sell Redskins merchandise without paying royalties to the NFL. Merchandise royalties are split equally among all NFL teams, except for the Dallas Cowboys.

This is the second time the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has faced a petition to cancel these registrations. The first was in 1992; that case was overturned on a technicality.

The Redskins' trademark attorney said the team will appeal.

"We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal," he said in a statement.

Team owner Daniel Snyder didn't comment on the ruling Wednesday, but in a March addressed to "Redskins Nation" he reiterated his belief the team should keep the Redkins' name.

"The team name captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents," Syder wrote.

Many other sports teams, professional down to grade schools, have names derived from Native American roots. But few have received more scrutiny or backlash than the Redskins. Some, including the Fighting Illini, have changed their mascots amid controversy.

The Chicago Blackhawks have avoided much of the controversy surrounding other teams. The name refers not to a tribe but a single man, a 19th-century leader of the Sauk and Fox Indians in Illinois. He resisted the arrival of settlers and soldiers, and while ultimately defeated, came to be viewed as the epitome of valor by many white Americans.


For the best, since the name is absolutely indefensible in this day and age. Regardless of how long they've been using the name, it's always been derogatory towards Native Americans, and is just as bad as "Nigger Hair" tobacco, or many other racist brand names.

Now let the accusations of political correctness and hypersensitivity begin! What say ye, NSG?
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Postby Geilinor » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:56 am

The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.
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Postby Thafoo » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:57 am

Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.

"The Washington Faggots"

I like the ring of it.

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Postby Yumyumsuppertime » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:57 am

Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.


I would totally root for the Kansas City Faggots, if only for the Blazing Saddles reference.

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Postby Geilinor » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:57 am

The team can call itself the Redskins, but if it chooses to use such a name, it can't trademark it. Sounds reasonable.
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Postby The Emerald Dragon » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:58 am

Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.


The Washington Fags...

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Postby Thafoo » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:58 am

Yumyumsuppertime wrote:
Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.


I would totally root for the Kansas City Faggots, if only for the Blazing Saddles reference.

I could finally root for my home team proudly. \o/

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Postby Napkiraly » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:59 am

Thafoo wrote:
Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.

"The Washington Faggots"

I like the ring of it.

I laughed more than I should have.

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Postby Grand Britannia » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:59 am

Thafoo wrote:
Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.

"The Washington Faggots"

I like the ring of it.

Sounds like a Call of Duty clan to be honest.
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Postby Napkiraly » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:59 am

Yumyumsuppertime wrote:
Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.


I would totally root for the Kansas City Faggots, if only for the Blazing Saddles reference.

Only if Mel Brooks gets to own the team.

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Postby Ifreann » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:59 am

They can't be made to obey trademark law, they're a football team!
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Postby Yumyumsuppertime » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:00 am

Okay, okay, but seriously, this is a great move by the Patent Office.

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Postby Geilinor » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:00 am

The Emerald Dragon wrote:
Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.


The Washington Fags...

*Shudder*

There's my point. If the team was named that, they'd have been pressured by the public to change it already.
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Postby Silent Majority » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:12 am

"The team name captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents,"


What the actual fuck.
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Postby OMGeverynameistaken » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:16 am

Thafoo wrote:
Geilinor wrote:The law shouldn't be changed for this team, so I'm fine with it. There isn't much defense for "redskin", just like there's no defense for calling a sports team "faggots" or "niggers". If you aren't okay with the latter two, you shouldn't support redskin.

"The Washington Faggots"

I like the ring of it.

Ten out of ten Cowboys fans agree.
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Postby Undivulged Principles » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:23 am

Silent Majority wrote:
"The team name captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents,"


What the actual fuck.


Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?
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Postby Dakini » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:27 am

Silent Majority wrote:
"The team name captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents,"


What the actual fuck.

Clearly, he wants the team to be true to its history of casual racism.

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Postby Yumyumsuppertime » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:28 am

Undivulged Principles wrote:
Silent Majority wrote:
What the actual fuck.


Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?


Vikings is a non-derogatory term for a people who actually existed at one point.

Devils are mythological creatures.

Pirate is a job description (or, nowadays, a slang term for someone who likes to watch movies and listen to music for free).

None of these names are comparable to Redskins, which is a term used to demean Native Americans, and was even back in the day when the team was first named.

EDIT: Tell me, what "real problems" would you prefer the trademark office to address?
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Postby Dakini » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:29 am

Undivulged Principles wrote:
Silent Majority wrote:
What the actual fuck.


Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?

Yeah, it turns out that using racial slurs proudly makes one a racist. Funny that.

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Postby Thafoo » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:30 am

Undivulged Principles wrote:
Silent Majority wrote:
What the actual fuck.


Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?

I, for one, do not support the New Jersey Devils, for their name is disparaging to the hardworking Devil-American People of our nation, as it was used by early settlers as a demeaning name towards the original Devils of the continent.
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Postby Geilinor » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:30 am

Undivulged Principles wrote:
Silent Majority wrote:
What the actual fuck.


Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?

Devil, pirate, and viking aren't racist terms.
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Postby Yumyumsuppertime » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:31 am

Thafoo wrote:
Undivulged Principles wrote:
Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?

I, for one, do not support the New Jersey Devils, for their name is disparaging to the hardworking Devil-American People of our nation, as it was used by early settlers as a demeaning name towards the original Devils of the continent.


Excuse me, I believe that the proper term is Satanic-American.

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Postby Ucropi » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:32 am

Yumyumsuppertime wrote:
Undivulged Principles wrote:
Just like the NJ Devils. Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota Vikings.

Get over it. Try solving real problems.

I love the irony of demanding national rights for a race or creed isn't racism or discrimination but naming a football team Redskins is. Subjective much?


Vikings is a non-derogatory term for a people who actually existed at one point.

Devils are mythological creatures.

Pirate is a job description (or, nowadays, a slang term for someone who likes to watch movies and listen to music for free).

None of these names are comparable to Redskins, which is a term used to demean Native Americans, and was even back in the day when the team was first named.

EDIT: Tell me, what "real problems" would you prefer the trademark office to address?

While I 100% support this discussion, patent trolling is FAR more important than this.
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Postby Yumyumsuppertime » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:34 am

Ucropi wrote:
Yumyumsuppertime wrote:
Vikings is a non-derogatory term for a people who actually existed at one point.

Devils are mythological creatures.

Pirate is a job description (or, nowadays, a slang term for someone who likes to watch movies and listen to music for free).

None of these names are comparable to Redskins, which is a term used to demean Native Americans, and was even back in the day when the team was first named.

EDIT: Tell me, what "real problems" would you prefer the trademark office to address?

While I 100% support this discussion, patent trolling is FAR more important than this.


They can't address both? This was a matter of signing some papers and saying "Sorry, guys". It likely took just a few meetings and that's it.

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Postby Ucropi » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:34 am

Yumyumsuppertime wrote:
Thafoo wrote:I, for one, do not support the New Jersey Devils, for their name is disparaging to the hardworking Devil-American People of our nation, as it was used by early settlers as a demeaning name towards the original Devils of the continent.


Excuse me, I believe that the proper term is Satanic-American.

LOL none of you know where the team got their name
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