Wednesday, July 15, 2020

"He stockpiled Washington NFL trademarks for years. Now he faces backlash online"

WaPo:

For years, [he] has owned a variety of trademarks in virtual anonymity. He laid claim to a variety of potential team names — Washington Americans, Veterans, Pandas and Monuments among them — and no one batted an eye because those teams didn’t really exist.

They still don’t exist, but in the days since Washington’s NFL team announced it was abandoning the controversial Redskins name and people familiar with the situation said trademark issues were holding up the unveiling of a new one [he] has faced a backlash of online abuse.

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In a 2015 interview with The Washington Post, [he] said he had spent more than $20,000 on trademarks applications and considered it a “high-risk investment.”

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“I want them to change the name and am embarrassed if I did anything that slows that down,” he tweeted this week. “I thought if I hoarded all the good names that would keep someone else who might be a pain in the neck from getting them.”