The United States Patent Office has decided that “Redskins” is a term offensive to Native Americans and can not be trademarked. Details here.

Will the team challenge this, and if so, on what basis? Free speech? Freedom to be offensive?

Maybe this video had an effect.


  1. #1 jd
    United States
    June 18, 2014

    It’s not the first time. Last time they won on appeals (federal circuit). They also have state trademarks in a lot of states so the impact is unclear even if they lose on appeal.

  2. #2 ron
    June 19, 2014

    “Huge news” to replay the 1999 event which was overturned on appeal?

    We keep pushing conformity of thought while eschewing assimilation into the culture of liberty. And that’s a good thing?

  3. #3 James
    June 19, 2014

    This has nothing to do with conformity of thought. Trademarks are the opposite of liberty. By removing the trademark protection of the name, more people will have the ability to use it. Fewer trademarks = More Liberty. The team can keep using the name, they just can’t stop others from using it as well.

    Since it’s well known that Snyder cares about money above all other things, you can rest assured that the team will have a new name right after the appeals fail (if they do).