As seen in Inc.’s “What You Can Learn From the Redskins’ Trademark Blitz”
Inc. reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the trademark of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins due to its disparaging nature toward Native Americans.
According to Kaye Scholer Partner Paul Llewellyn, Co-Leader of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright and False Advertising Practice, the ruling doesn’t mean that the football team has to stop using the name “Redskins.” It only applies to the “right to a federal registration, and not whatever common law rights may exist as a result of use of the name,” he said.
Llewellyn added that business owners have a lot to learn from this situation in dealing with their own imagery. “Think carefully, when selecting business names and marks, about any potential racial, ethnic or similar connotations, and avoid any name or mark that could be interpreted as offensive to a particular group," Llewellyn said.
Also of Interest
- Maier Plans Emergency Response with Fort Meade and Fort Detrick Commanders October 20, 2016 • Client Successes
- Winning the War: Strategies for Prevailing in Consumer Fraud and False Advertising... October 17, 2016 • Articles
- Consumer Products in the Age of Big Data October 4, 2016 • Articles
- Shape of Things to Come: Protecting Product Configuration and Packaging Design September 26, 2016 • Articles
- On the Road to a Safe and Secure Internet of Things: What Companies Should Do September 19, 2016 • Articles
- Consumer Products: Adapting to Innovation Fall 2016 • Reports / Newsletters
- UNITED STATES: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 Strengthens... August 23, 2016 • Articles
- UNITED STATES: Phantom Mark Depicting Arrangement of Numerical Financial Data... August 23, 2016 • Articles
- Daily Journal Names Malecek Among the “Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators” August 17, 2016 • Recognitions