The Washington Redskins may be finally about to change their name to the Washington Bravehearts, reports TMZ.
This is a breaking story so please stay tuned for updates:
1. The Company Name Was Registered by a Neighbor of Owner Dan Snyder
The company name "Washington Bravehearts" was registered by Aris Mardirossian, a neighbor of Redskins' owner Dan Snyder. Mardirossian filed the documents saying the company would be used for "Entertainment in the nature of football games."
A spokesperson for the Redskins told TMZ that Dan Snyder doesn't personally know Aris Mardirossian despite being neighbors. The rep also said that the name registration as nothing to do with Snyder.
The company name was registered on October 17 2013.
2. Aris Mardirossian is Patent Millionaire
With the TMZ article pointing out that this could be a case of "smoke without fire," it's worth pointing out that Aris Mardirossian is master at patenting names. In 2007, he sued 131 companies due to an obscure SMS-related patent that was related to texting internationally that he owned.
The companies included AT&T, Motorola, Yahoo, Sprint and Microsoft.
3. The Domain Name is Also Registered
A search on GoDaddy.com for the domain "Washingtonbravehearts.com," turns up this:
4. Snyder and Mardirossian Live Close to Each Other in Potomac, Maryland
Redskins' owner Dan Snyder and Aris Mardirossian are neighbors. Both attended the University of Maryland but at different times. Mardirossian is an Armenian emigrant who came to the US in the 1960s, he has numerous engineering qualifications but made his money as a patent shark. An online profile of him reads:
After earning his B.S. Engineering, he worked for Singer Simulation Product, Inc. designing nuclear power plant simulators, then for Potomac Electric Power Co. as a senior project engineer.
In this position he headed the construction of a water treatment, scrubber, and coal handling system with a total construction cost of$300 million.
He opened his own development company in 1979, and since that time has founded and managed various businesses, including one dealing with his current focus, Technology Patents, LLC.
5. Snyder Had Always Defended the Team's Name
Owner Dan Snyder had defended the team's name in recent times, referencing a Native American group who helped design the team's logo.