The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the Redskins team’s trademark as it is deemed to offensive. An Associated Press-GfK poll shows that nationally nearly four in five Americans do not think the team should change its name. Reminds one of dictatorial Socialist government reprisals. The involvement of the government in this issue is a very different matter. The situation of an appointed panel taking the right to censor trademarked names in this manner is uncomfortable. This has gone from an issue involving public opinion to the issue of does the government have the right to meddle with a business in this manner. There are other trademarks that might not pass this panel’s smell test if challenged, such as Aunt Jemima products. The market should dictate this decision, not an appointed panel in Washington D.C.
In what might be the most significant pressure put on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the team’s trademarks on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.”