Pipedream Named in Redskins Trademark Case
CHATSWORTH, Calif. — The Washington Redskins’ latest court filing was recently published online with Pipedream brand names cited.
The controversial NFL team lost its trademark last year when it was canceled by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the decision was upheld by a federal judge. The case is currently before a court of appeals and on Friday, the Skins filed an opening brief in its third attempt to salvage its trademark by citing other potentially “offensive” brand names, including “Midget-Man condoms and inflatable sex dolls... Anal Fantasy Collection... Edible Crotchless Gummy Panties lingerie.”
“Pipedream is the leader of the adult novelty market because we’ve been pushing the envelope for 40 years, so we were very excited to see several Pipedream trademarks mentioned in this case,” said Chairman and CEO Nick Orlandino. “Over time our products, brands, and trademarks have become part of today’s pop culture and consumer landscape, and being cited in such a high-publicity lawsuit is yet another example.”
According to the company, reporters from Fox Sports, ESPN, and Vice Sports have been providing coverage of the “comically vulgar” court filing, which has Orlandino fielding a flurry of media inquiries including recent interviews with Washington Post sports columnist Dan Steinberg and Sports Illustrated author Brendan Maloy.
Maloy quoted Orlandino in his most recent Sports Illustrated article titled "We called the companies that the Redskins called offensive," saying "I think their level of play is offensive. Dan Snyder is a whack job. He is the Donald Trump of football."
The Skins appeal has been petitioned by five Native American activists, led by Navajo Nation member and social worker Amanda Blackhorse, who has until Jan. 14 to file their response.