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Trademark Office Got No Complaints About Redskins

From the Washington Times:

Patent office didn’t receive a single public complaint before stripping Redskins trademark

By Jim McElhatton | July 1, 2014

The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins‘ trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn’t received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team’s name, records show.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ruled last month that the name was disparaging to American Indians…

In fact, the agency doesn’t have any record of correspondence from the public about the Redskins‘ name — expressing sentiments one way or another — prior to the board’s June 18 ruling.

A Freedom of Information Act request from The Washington Times asking for any communications from Congress or the public produced just 13 pages of records.

Six of those pages were a handwritten, meandering letter from a man in Lubbock, Texas, whose position on the team name controversy isn’t clear. Another writer congratulated the appeals board after its decision but questioned whether the judges would “go after” the United Negro College Fund. Both letters were sent after the ruling.

In addition, there were a few pages of email correspondence between staffers for the USPTO and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting member of Congress…

The board made its ruling last month based on a legal challenge from Amanda Blackhorse and four others, who petitioned the USPTO against the Redskins, calling the team name offensive to American Indians. After the ruling, she called the decision a “great victory for Native Americans and all Americans,” saying the team’s name was “racist and derogatory.” …

Huh. The name ‘Black Horse’ sounds pretty racist name to us. — It’s almost as bad as a ‘dark horse.’

And speaking of names, the name ‘Oklahoma’ means ‘red man.’ (Okla means red. Homma means man, in Choctaw.) In fact, okla humma was a phrase in the Choctaw language used to describe the Native American race as a whole.

Where is the outrage? Where are the lawsuits?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Trademark Office Got No Complaints About Redskins”

  1. canary

    Obahgdaddy’s paperless cell phone did it to make Harry Reid happy.

    Obahgdaddy is more obsessed with football and basketball, particularly gay players than anyone in this country.

    Actions speak louder than words, and in Obahgdaddys has made his priority known with both.


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