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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Redskins to Lose Trademark?

The Washington Post reports:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a request from a company to sell pork rinds using the word “Redskins” because it deemed the term to be “derogatory slang.”

... The same agency is deliberating whether to revoke the trademark protection for the NFL team, part of a long-running challenge from a group of Native Americans. A hearing was held in March, and a decision is expected soon.
I wonder if they will revoke the trademark on the logo? This could really backfire if they do, because while the Redskins team can limit who uses the trademark and how it is used, once the trademark is off, anyone can use it, and it will just start showing up everywhere.

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