By rejecting another product with "Redskin" in the name, it is a sign that the USPTO might rule against the Washington Redskins in an ongoing trademark case.
The agency said Monday that "Washington Redskin Potatoes" would be considered disparaging because the product doesn't contain redskin potatoes and therefore would be associated with the football team.
The ruling then stated that current evidence reflects that 'a substantial composite of Native American Indians find the current use of "Redskins" in conjunction with football disparaging."
A similar ruling was handed down in January, rejecting "Redskins Hog Rinds."
The agency is considering whether to revoke the trademark protection for the NFL team, part of a long-running challenge from a group of Native Americans. A hearing was held 12 months ago.
Team owner Dan Snyder says respect goes both ways when it comes to the debate over the team's nickname — pretty much confirming he will not be bowing to public pressure to change it anytime soon.
Snyder, the man who ultimately gets to decide whether the name stays or goes, offered his thoughts on the matter in October in a letter to season-ticket holders, the first time he has addressed at length the change-the-name campaign that has picked up momentum this year.
The tone of the letter suggests that no change is under consideration.
"I've listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name,' the letter states.
"But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too."
Not small potatoes to them.