US Patent Office Gets Political, Pulls Redskins Trademark

Just a few weeks after Sen. Harry Reid said that the Washington Redskins must change their name, the US Patent office pulls the trademark of the Washington Redskins. The action taken today by the Patent office appears to be just another government agency targeting someone they don’t like.

In what might be the most significant pressure put on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the team’s trademarks on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

In its 2-1 ruling issued on Wednesday, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, an independent tribunal within the USPTO, wrote that it was charged with determining only whether the trademark was offensive to the people it referenced, not the entire U.S. population. Five Native Americans, representing four tribes, brought the case against the league in 2006.

“Petitioners have found a preponderance of evidence that a substantial amount of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging when used in connection with professional football,” the ruling said. “While this may reveal differing opinions with the community, it does not negate the opinions of those who find it disparaging.”

There is one group that wants to poke fun at the Washington and politically correct elites by having the team name changed to the Washington Tea Party with the logo below.  That group is the Constitutional Rights PAC.


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  1. Love it; excellent idea!

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