This is unbelievable:
WASHINGTON POST – 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.”
“We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath, said. “The dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.”
To quote our good friend Amanda Carpenter, “Decision for Patent office to cancel trademarks they disagree with is an outrageous attack on free speech.”
She also adds this:
Reminder–Senate Democrats were pushing for Redskins name change. Dems resorted to bureaucratic tyranny to get their way
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 18, 2014
Indeed. And if all you have to do now is to go complain about a trademark, claiming it disparages you, then US Patent office has just opened the door to a ton of complaints.
Our government is out of control.