The business office explained emblems presented for the “Washington Soccer Club” to a guy named Philip McCauley in 2015 could cause confusion between customers, in accordance to Sports Illustrated. Additionally, the workplace reported the identify is problematically generic.
“Consumers would be bewildered, mistaken, or deceived as to the professional source of the merchandise and/or expert services of the parties,” the patent office environment explained Friday of its refusal, SI noted.
The NFL group to start with utilized for the trademark in July 2020 soon after choosing to clear away “Redskins” from its identify, which several regarded offensive. The team’s company sponsors were claimed to be making use of force for the shift.
The crew, which designs to use the “Soccer Crew” name till yet another is selected, could also perhaps obtain McCauley out, The Washington Put up reported.
“As we have informed the staff in the past, Mr. McCaulay is eager to go over assigning his useful registration,” McCaulay’s legal professional told the newspaper.
There are also two pending different filings for the “Washington Workforce Footballers,” SI documented.
The identify and symbol can nevertheless be applied on jerseys and products with no the trademark but the group may possibly have difficulties protecting against knockoff profits, The Publish documented.
The team has 6 months to reply to the trademark refusal and will have to be ready to establish that the identify is distinctive from other identical names, trademark expert Jamie Vining instructed The Write-up.
The team may possibly also operate into issues when seeking for a new title to trademark in the long term.
A serious estate agent in Alexandria, Virginia, reportedly retains the logos for the Washington Pink Wolves, Washington Tribe, Washington RedTails, Washington Monuments, Washington Veterans, Washington Renegades Gridiron Football, Washington Braves Expert Soccer Workforce, Washington Freedom Fighters, Washington War Hogs, Washington Radskins, Washington Red-Tailed Hawks and Washington Potomacs.
Also, the Washington Generals is a trademarked name owned by the Harlem Globetrotters’ mother or father enterprise, in accordance to the Action Network.