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    Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    This is just now being announced, so there isn't much out there yet:

    The U.S. Patent Office has canceled trademarks belonging to the Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

    In a decision released Wednesday, the office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the "that these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans."

    The board also said it lacked the authority to prevent the team from continuing to use the trademarks. .

    The decision came in response to a suit brought by what the board called "five Native Americans."

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    This is just now being announced, so there isn't much out there yet:
    OMG. This should be an Onion article. Absolutely unbelievable.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Bull sheet.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    They just need to rename the team the Washington Lobbyists.

    I do find it kind of hard to believe their trademark is being cancelled.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    This is just now being announced, so there isn't much out there yet:
    Oh FFS. This **** is exhausting.

    Disparaging, my ass.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    OMG. This should be an Onion article. Absolutely unbelievable.
    I feel that the US government just got itself a HUGE civil lawsuit from the owners of the Washington Redskins. I'm not a patent attorney, but I feel sure that 'not hurting someone's feelings' aren't mentioned in the requirements for a trademark.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    So then... it would appear that the power of government is being brought to bear now? The power of persuasion is apparently not enough so now it's time to use the persuasion of power?

    So many slippery slopes, so little time...

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Oh FFS. This **** is exhausting.

    Disparaging, my ass.
    Another example that the "thought police" are real. Just Un-fraking-believable.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    I feel that the US government just got itself a HUGE civil lawsuit from the owners of the Washington Redskins. I'm not a patent attorney, but I feel sure that 'not hurting someone's feelings' aren't mentioned in the requirements for a trademark.
    Didn't the article state that the patent office had no power to prevent the redskins from continuing to use their name.
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Wait, let me get this right… so the government, which has pushed the team to change it's name, has unilaterally decided the team name is 'bad', so it unilaterally acted and voided their trademark? And the same government agency did this previously, and the courts reversed them? So they wasted tax payer money in the courts, were shown they were wrong by the courts, and are now going to waste more tax payer money in the courts (because it will again go to the courts)? Do they think if they just keep doing it eventually they will get a judge that agree's with them?
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