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user-inactivated  ·  2895 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US patent office strips Washington R________ of offensive trademark

    the name cannot be trademarked under federal law, which prohibits the protection of names that “may disparage” individuals or groups, or “bring them into contempt or disrepute”.

I didn't know this. Seems like a pretty straightforward ruling in that case.