The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration today, ruling that the name is demeaning and disparaging to Native Americans.
The USPTO’s issuing of politically-correct fiats is nothing new. As you may know, we are asking the United States Supreme Court to review and reverse the USPTO’s denial of our clients’ application to register the trademark “Stop the Islamisation of America” or “SIOA.” (Our cert petition is due August 11).
Similar to the above ruling, the USPTO ruled — contrary to the great weight of evidence — that the trademark disparaged all Muslims and linked them to terrorism. Indeed, the only probative evidence in the record for the actual meaning of “Islamisation” was that presented by AFLC and which showed beyond any doubt that Muslims and non-Muslims alike used and understood “Islamisation” to be the political movement to implement Islamic law or sharia as the law of the land.
The Supreme Court needs to take up this case to stop the government’s reckless disregard for the rule of law.