A name change for Washington's football team appears imminent, as reports surfaced Sunday evening that the team plans to retire the name 'Redskins' on Monday.
As the team continues to delve through the process of changing its name, there's one man who could potentially stand in the team's way. That would be trademarking guru Martin McCaulay.
McCaulay has applied for several different trademarks of the team's potential new name in recent weeks, according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, via the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
According to a search done by Florio, McCaulay has applied for trademarks for the following: Redtails, Renegades, Monuments, Veterans and Red-Tailed Hawks. All of these applications have come in after July 3, the day Washington announced it was undergoing a thorough review of its name.
It's worth noting that McCaulay has not applied for the trademark of popular fan choice, the 'Washington Red Wolves.' Washington owner Dan Snyder had previously applied for the trademark on 'Washington Warriors,' but has since abandoned it, according to the Washington Times. McCauley filed an application for 'Washington Warriors' in 2015.
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This is nothing new for McCaulay. In 2015, he applied for several trademarks for potential Washington team name replacements, including Americans, Bravehearts, Federals, Forces, Founders, Gladiators, Monuments, Natives, Pandas, Pigskins, Red-Tailed Hawks, Renegades, Sharks, Veterans, and Tribe. At the time, he told FOX5 he had spent over $20,000 to secure the trademarks.
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As Washington plans to change its name, having a new moniker before the 2020 season begins could be quite difficult.
In an interview with NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, former NFL executive Andrew Brandt said that it would take a "Herculean effort" for Washington to have a new moniker by Week 1 due to the trademarking and licensing that comes with the rebrand.
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