Redskins Argue There Are Plenty of Offensive Trademarks as They Defend Their Name
It could be called the “Take-Yo-Panties-Off” defense.
The NFL’s Washington Redskins team is arguing in court papers that there are lots of companies with dubious names.
The franchise is appealing a ruling earlier this year that ordered the cancellation of the Redskins trademark registration, saying the name disparaged Native Americans.
The company names listed by the team included: Take Yo Panties Off clothing, Baked by A Negro cookies, Midget-Man condoms and Dumb Blonde beer.
The appeal says there are “hundreds, if not thousands of (trademarks) that the team believes are racist, or misogynistic, vulgar, or otherwise offense.”
There were other names listed that are too vulgar too appear here.
The appeal was filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.
The filing argues that the Redskins name is not as offensive as some other trademarks protected by the U. S. Patent Office. It also questions how a government entity can reject a trademark without infringing on the First Amendment.
“In fact, since 1870, over three million trademarks have been registered, and we have found none that have ever been cancelled for being disparaging,” team spokesman Maury Lane said in a statement.
The team has long argued that its name was intended to honor Native Americans, not demean them.
The group of Native Americans that challenged the trademark has until Jan. 14 to file a response to the appeal, the Associated Press reported.
In July, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled the Redskins name may be disparaging and threw out the team’s trademark registration.
If the decision stands, the team will lose its legal protections under a federally registered trademark. But it does not force the team to change its name.