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.

20th June, 2014
THE NFL team has been using the Redskins name since the 1930s

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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