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Redskins say their trademark is not offensive, but government has approved many that are


RICHMOND, Virginia — The Washington Redskins are defending their federal trademark registration by listing many companies with offensive names that the government has approved.

Among the registered names cited by the NFL team are Take Yo Panties Off and Dago Swagg clothing, Midget Man condoms and inflatable sex dolls and Baked By A Negro bakery products.

The team is appealing a judge's July order canceling its trademark registration. The judge ruled the name Redskins may disparage Native Americans.

In a brief filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the team says the federal trademark register is "infested with countless trademarks conveying racist and offensive messages" but insists that the name Redskins is not among them.

The Native Americans who challenged the trademark have until Jan. 14 to file their response.

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