A trademark application filed by the Washington football team for the use of the name is in serious jeopardy after the US Patent and Trademark Office discovered that a pre-existing application is too similar.
The bureau’s refusal was due to the fact that it is likely that “consumers would be confused, deceived or deceived as to the commercial source of the parties’ goods and / or services.”
The original request called for WFT or Washington Football Team to be used on clothing, namely fleece tops and bottoms, headwear, caps, knit beanies, t-shirts and other clothing.
Philip McCaulay is the legal owner of the “Washington Football Club” brand and owns dozens of others with potential team nicknames.
He has been criticized as a “brand hog” and told ABC News last year that he offered the National Football League dozens of free brands for possible DC team names.
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Last July, the organization changed name from “Redskins” to the Washington football team after pressure from Native Americans, who said the previous nickname was racist, and threats from corporate sponsors. Owner Daniel Snyder previously said he would never change the nickname as long as he was in control of the team.
The Washington football team has six months to initiate a response to the denial or the request will be dropped. The team can either request a withdrawal or remove the class to which the denial relates or by submitting evidence and arguments against the denial.
In June 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Redskins, claiming the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be a trademark under the law. federal government which prohibits the protection of trademarks on offensive or disparaging language.