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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules ‘Redskins’ derogatory slang


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Cred: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

If a recent ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides any foreshadowing, Daniel Snyder’s days as “Redskins” owner may be nearing an end. The office denied a request from “Redskins Hog Rinds,” classifying the term “Redskins” as “derogatory slang.”

“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark REDSKINS HOG RINDS consists of or includes matter which may disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols.”

Following a hearing in March, the Washington Redskins name was put under review by the USPTO. If also found derogatory, the NFL franchise will lose government patent protection.

Despite his adamant demands that the team will never change its name, Snyder may be forced to eventually.

There’s no word yet on how this ruling will affect Ore Ida.

[Patented hat tip to CBS Sports]

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