June 18, 2014

If We Are Going To Start Taking Away Trademarks Based Upon "Disparaging" Words

We clearly need to enforce the policy across the board if the name "Washington Redskins" is offensive -- and if only six people are deemed sufficient to overide the opinions of millions that the term is not disparaging.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.

“This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”

So it seems to me that the time has come to take action against all trademarks that can be labeled as "disparaging" on the basis of this silly standard.

This one will obviously need to go.


So will this lady. given her history.


So will a couple of her buddies, too.



For that matter, if we are going to get into the use of disparaging terms in trademarked names, let's consider these uses of terms that are deemed racist that appear in the names of organizations.



I mean, really? Colored People? Negro? What sort of racist crap is that? I would get my ass kicked if I started using either of those terms -- and I would certainly be branded a racist. Those trademarks have therefore got to go.

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Don't forget other sports team names like:

- Cleveland Indians
- Atlanta Braves
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Florida State Seminoles

Some folks have compiled a semi-comprehensive list on wikipedia. Let's start there.

|| Posted by KristenS, June 25, 2014 12:23 AM ||
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