Sports Illustrated reports:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the NFL’s Washington Redskins on Wednesday, saying the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits trademark protection on offensive or disparaging language.
There are a large number of other Redskin Trademarks, will they be cancelled too? So the question is, how quickly with the PTO cancel other “Redskins” trademarks?
Will trademarks that include “WAP” in them be cancelled? There are at least 89. What about “Mick”? There are a number of them What about trademarks that include “Negro”? There are at least 72!
What about “Nig”? That one just sounds offensive.
Sambo? There are four of them!
Ape? That is listed on Wikipedia as a derogatory term for “(U.S.) a black person” and there rare 115 active records! Ditto for buck (1028 records), coon (17 records), mammy (3 records), spook (18 records), spic (24 records), squaw (38 records).
Bule? (2 records), charlie (331 records), cracker (285 records), gringo (49 records), honkey (2 records), Peckerwood (3 records), round eye (1 record), brownie (163 records), chug (33 records), townie (12 records), nazi (6), redneck (249), hick (117), bumpkin (7), kraut (7), paddy (58), hun (12), kike (1), abe (53).
Of course there are “oreo” – black on the outside, white on the inside.
Fuck (19 records), shit (13 records), crap (77 records), piss (16), tits (18) – 5 of George Carlin’s 7 dirty words have trademarks using them.
Just a quick US PTO search turned up a lot of words that someone, somewhere will find offensive. When will the PTO act?
Here are a few other “Redskins” trademarks, with the serial number:
WASHINGTON REDSKIN POTATOES – 86092137
REDSKINS HOG RINDS – 86052159
REDSKIN – 85394731
REDSKINS PUSH IT UP – 77811811
BOSTON REDSKINS – 74494169
ALL NATURAL MY DADZ NUTZ CARMELIZED JUMBO REDSKINS – 77782601
You can search here. What other words do you find offensive that the PTO has trademarks for? Let us know in the comments: