Football fans in Minnesota may be following the ongoing controversy surrounding the name and logo of the Washington Redskins. In an interesting turn of events, The United States Patent and Trademark Office has recently rejected a trademark application by the professional football team on the basis of the proposed trademark being derogatory. The team filed an application to trademark the phrase "Redskins Hog Rinds."
In a segment of the economy that relies heavily on branded products, it is vital to establish and enforce copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights. It can take years to build a successful brand, and disputes often arise when another company seems to be copying the packaging or other attributes of an established product.