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Patent office rejects offensive 'Redskins' trademark application

Patent office rejects offensive 'Redskins' trademark application

The PC Police are officially cracking down:

An attempt to copyright the name "Redskins Hog Rinds" was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the basis that "redskins" is an offensive term. The action follows President Obama's October comments that the term is offensive and his call for Washington's NFL team -- also called the Redskins -- to change its name.

The attempt was made by a California trademark attorney. It is not clear when he initially made the request or what company he was representing. An attorney for the USTPO rejected the request on Dec. 29, stating: "Given that 'REDSKINS' ... is a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians, registration of the applied-for mark must be refused under Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act."

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