There has been a new development in the Washington NFL team’s attempt to get its trademarks and “Redskins” nickname re-registered with the government. If that happens, the sports pages of The Washington Post and USA Today will erupt in anger.
Nobody else will notice or care.
Anyway, the latest chapter of this legal soap opera is hilarious. The Post deemed the best stuff unprintable, but did report this on the team’s legal brief filed at the federal appeals court in Richmond:
“By way of example only, the following marks are registered today: Take Yo Panties Off clothing; Dangerous Negro shirts … Midget-Man condoms and inflatable sex dolls.”
Among the stuff The Post wouldn’t print (but The Daily Caller would online): “Dago Swagg clothing; Dumb Blonde beer, Big Titty Blend coffee; and Jizz underwear.”
The brief also noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has gone well past recognizing novelty items like “Cracka Azz Skateboards” and “Edible Crotchless Gummy Panties.” It gives hard-core pornographers brand trademarks.
First thought: Would that Dumb Blonde beer really work?
After that: Who knew the Trademark Office recognized stuff like this?
The Post also had this statement from Redskins spokesman Maury Lane: “Since 1870, over three million trademarks have been registered, and we have found none that have ever been cancelled for being disparaging. We believe that the government’s action tramples core principles of free speech and sets a dangerous precedent for other brands.”
After the good stuff, the rest of the 82-page appeals court filing is boring legalese, which can be read at http://tinyurl.com/pfmhnjx