Patent Office: Your ‘Redskins’ Pork Rinds Are Racist, Trademark Denied

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has deemed the word "Redskin" unfit for protection under trademark laws because it is "disparaging." The case document cites five dictionaries and news sources including MSNBC, the Washington Post, and ICTMN. This is good news, although not the best news, for those who would like to see the Washington NFL franchise change its name. The Patent Office was not, unfortunately, addressing the Redskins football team — the trademark application had been submitted for a product called "Redskins Hog Rinds." That’s right — the U.S. Patent Office denied a trademark for a "Redskins" brand of pork rinds on grounds that it’s a racist term, but the Washington NFL team still retains the trademark on its name.

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