New owner of Washington NFL team may be forced to change team name again…as ‘Commanders’ trademark application DENIED
- The ‘Commander’s Classic’ is the name of the annual Army-Air Force game
- Also, a man from the DC area submitted two applications while trying to guess the new name.
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The Washington Commanders may have to find another name after the US Patent and Trademark Office rejected their trademark application.
According to the filed documents, the application was denied on two grounds: the ‘Commanders’ Classic’ trademark and two pending applications from a DC native.
The Commanders’ Classic is the name of an annual college football game between the US Military Academy (Army) and the US Air Force Academy (Air Force).
As for the two pending applications, they were submitted by Martin McCaulay, who applied for ‘Washington Space Commanders’ and ‘Washington Wolf Commanders’.
McCaulay requested them while trying to guess what the team’s potential new name might be.
The Washington Commanders’ application for a trademark in their new name has been denied
First of all, the ‘Commanders Classic’ has already taken place, a game between the Army and the Air Force.
Also, a man in the DC area was trying to guess what the next Commanders name would be and submitted applications for “Space Commanders” and “Wolf Commanders”.
In previous interviews, McCaulay has said that he would give up the rights to any team names he owns for free.
As for the ‘Commanders Classic’ pointed out by patent attorney Josh Gerben on Twitter, there are two options for the team, formerly known as the Washington football team.
First, they could file a response to the ruling and argue that an NFL team is unlikely to be confused by a single college football game.
Your other option would be to try to buy the naming rights or sign a coexistence agreement.
But in the absence of any of them, the new owner of the team may have to change the name once again.
With Josh Harris set to buy the team for $6 billion, he might have to give the team its sixth name change in its history.
The team goes by the names Boston Braves, Boston Redskins, Washington Redskins, and Washington Football Team, as well as the Commanders.