National Football League can return the historical name of the team that will be familiar – and sometimes controversial – ring Canadian fans GridIron.
Entries with the US Patent Office show that the NFL filed a trademark application last week for the Duluth Eskimos, historical franchise from Minnesota, which dates back to the mid 1920s.
"Sawdust were made based on the intention-to-use," said Josh Gerben, trademark lawyer in Washington, DC, who ran on the application.
Gerben said US law requires a league to introduce an oath that he has a true FIDE's intention to use the trademark for the goods and services mentioned in the application.
This application relates to a football match, broadcast, webcast, fan clubs, clothing line, "live music and dance performances provided during the breaks during sporting events" – even the mascot.
"That is the trademark for says:" This is the name of the football team, "said Gerben. "This suggests that they are going to use the name for the football team."
Duluth team played under different names. In 1926, he described himself as the Eskimos and barnstormed across the United States, playing only one home game in 1926 and 1927 seasons.
His story is said to have inspired the George Clooney film in 2008 «Leatherheads.»
"I do not plan to wear this T-shirt"
NFL is going to start its 100th season. Published reports in the US suggested Minnesota Vikings lobbied Eskimo wear throwback jersey featuring his logo for needle single match.
The representative of the League of Bryan McCarthy decide that one in the backfield.
"There are no plans to wear this jersey," he said.
The name and logo will be restricted "advertising and substantial opportunities," he said.
Gerben said the US Patent Office usually takes several months to run on an application.
One problem may be that the name "Eskimo" is already a trademark in the US and Canada, the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
However, the NFL was previously allowed to patent the name in advance of its 75th season. This trademark was canceled after 2001.
Canadian football club was not immediately available for comment.
He felt the other problems with the name that was called outdated and disrespectful for the conversion of the Inuit people in talismans.