Thursday, March 20, 2014

'Washington Redskin Potatoes' rejected by Patent Office for being offensive: Report

In a decision that could foreshadow trouble for the Washington Redskins football team,  the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected an application to trademark “Washington Redskin Potatoes,” in part because the name could be seen as derogatory to Native Americans.

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.


  1. What a freeging joke there's black skin, redskin white skin brown skin its part of life get over it. The white man is discriminated more than any other human in today's times. Why is there still a Miss Black America. Do we have a Miss White America

  2. I agree with the comment above 100%

  3. 100% AGREE!! These people NEED to get a life! This is so completely STUPID ther are no words for it...its like saying we are going to stop calling trees green because it might offend the Irish, or saying tomatoes are RED because that might offend some crazy Indians who NEED to get on a boat if living in a FREE society offends them! How about red skin potatoes period? What now will they be called the"other potatoe"? Where are the NORMAL people that SHOULD be throwing these people out with the bath water.. clean us all of the crazy!

    1. I am part American Indian. I am not offended in any way. This stupidity is from a few liberal jerks who do not have anything better to do. Guess the pigs will start complaining about the pigskin. How about the birds complaining about the eagles name?

  4. What people forget is that we live in the United States. We are, or at least have been, a country where people have freedoms. Freedom works both ways. You can't take away someone else's rights just because people are "offended". Offending someone is NOT a criminal offense. People get "offended" by something every day; I know I do. If we outlaw everything that is offensive, we may as well rip up the Bill of Rights and burn the Constitution because a free America is done! Free men through free enterprise!

    1. I have been a 'Skins fan for 40 yrs. My older brother 44 yrs. My youngest brother 36yrs. Where were all these Indians during the years the 'Skins were winning Super Bowls and going to the playoffs, etc. ? The point I'm trying to make is this......The name Washington REDSKINS is not meant to be a slap in the face to Native American Indians. Rather it should be a point of pride for them. There is a professional football team named freaking what? If these clown want to protest something, let them protest about how the govt. is trying to take away some of our civil rights!!!!! That is something to raise a stink about!!! HAIL TO THE REDSKINS, HAIL VICTORY...."BRAVES" ON WARPATH, FIGHT FOR OLD DC!!!!