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Washington Football Team trademark request refused by US patent office
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The Washington Football Team’s request to trademark its name was refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday, according to reports.
The office said trademarks given for the "Washington Football Club" to a man named Philip McCauley in 2015 could cause confusion among consumers, according to Sports Illustrated. Additionally, the office said the name is problematically generic.
"Consumers would be confused, mistaken, or deceived as to the commercial source of the goods and/or services of the parties," the patent office said Friday of its refusal, SI reported.
The NFL team first applied for the trademark in July 2020 after deciding to remove "Redskins" from its name, which many considered offensive. The team's corporate sponsors were said to be applying pressure for the move.
The team, which plans to use the "Football Team" name until another is chosen, could also potentially buy McCauley out, The Washington Post reported.