Redskins join Madonna wine in heap of US trademark rejects
A ruling that the Washington Redskins’ name is disparaging to native Americans has focused attention on the US Patent and Trademark Office and its role.
A ruling that the Washington Redskins’ name is disparaging to native Americans brought swift questions from football fans and small-government conservatives alike: Why is the US Patent and Trademark Office deciding what’s appropriate?
Turns out the office draws its authority from Congress - with an assist, in this case, from some old dictionaries.
Every year, the trademark office considers hundreds of thousands of applications in its efforts to make sure trademarks remain...
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