Martin McCaulay certainly loves to grab trademarks.
When speculation began to swirl that the Washington Redskins might have to change their name, he went on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website and applied for a trademark for the name “Washington Pigskins.”
The 61-year-old has picked up a number of other potential options, having filed some 44 claims related to potential Washington team names. FOURTY FOUR!
“I can really see into the future on this issue,” McCaulay, who is now a 61-year-old actuary living in Alexandria, VA, told FOX5 in 2015. “Now when I look into the future, I see no change for 10 years, and then in 10 years, I see the name changing to the Washington Warriors. And if not the Warriors, then the Americans.”
Five years ago he had registered for trademark protection on the following Washington-based names: Americans, Bravehearts, Federals, Forces, Founders, Gladiators, Monuments, Natives, Pandas, Pigskins, Red-Tailed Hawks, Renegades, Sharks, Veterans, and Tribe.
“A squatter reserves a name with no intention to use it,” McCaulay told Richmond.com. “I went to the extreme of buying a lot of merchandise, making it my brand, and selling it.”
Since the team announced it was going to conduct a “thorough review” of its nickname July 3rd, McCaulay has been busy grabbing even more. McCaulay has recently filed applications for the following trademarks: Washington Redtails (July 7 and July 5), Washington Monuments (July 6), Washington Veterans (July 6), Washington Renegades (July 6), Washington Red-Tailed Hawks (July 4), and Washington Americans (June 18).
McCaulay told Richmond.com he sent a letter to the NFL last week offering his trademarks for free if it sped up the process of renaming.
“I don’t want to be the one who is an obstacle.”