How about a new name for the Washington Redskins?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language.
The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning.
“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion, which is here. A brief explanation of how the Board reached its decision is here.
Gee, that's sad. But there's also opportunity!
Readers, what do you think their new name should be?
- The Washington Bagmen
- The Beltway Bandits
- The Washington PACs
- The Capitol City Oppo
- The Washington Weasels
Or perhaps we could sell the naming rights to a major corporation:
- The Washington Branch Office of Goldman Sachs
I'm partial to "The Washington Weasels," but I'm feeling not entirely inspired this morning, so doubtless you, readers, can improve on this. I certainly hope I haven't lost my ability to invect, if that's even a word.