Earlier today, there was a report that one of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s neighbors and friends had filed a patent for the name “Washington Bravehearts.” This fueled speculation that the Redskins could be considering changing the name and using that name instead.
Here’s what we know. Redskins owner Dan Snyder lives in Potomac, Maryland, a few doors down from a very rich dude, Aris Mardirossian. Aris, a wealthy patent investor, registered the name, WASHINGTON BRAVEHEARTS on October 17th. According to the Trademark application, obtained by TMZSports, Aris plans to use the name for “Entertainment in the nature of football games.”
Aris also created a company called Washington Brave Hearts, LLC on the same day — Oct. 17th. We’ve also obtained the LLC docs but there are no specifics.
Now the Redskins are denying that there is any connection between the team, Aris Mardirossian and the Bravehearts name. It also puts on the back burner any hopes that the Redskins will change their name or at least considering it.
“There is no connection between the trademark and the Washington Redskins,” the team said. ”Dan Snyder does not know the man that was reported in the story.”
If this report has done anything, it has prompted a whole bunch of people and journalists to watch trademark filings.