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Washington Redskins’ Trademarks Canceled By U.S. Patent Office

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The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled six trademark registrations owned by the NFL’s Washington Redskins today.

Today’s ruling states that the term “Redskins” is disparaging to “a substantial composite” of American Indians, The Washington Post reported.

This is not the end of the Washington Redskins, however.

The team can appeal and retain its federal trademark rights if it so chooses. And even if the club loses on appeal, it can continue to use the name, as it has for more than 80 years.

The TTAB, an independent administrative tribunal within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ruled that petitioners proved to them that the term Redskins was disparaging to Native Americans when the six trademarks were registered between 1967 and 1990.

The Oneida Indian Nation launched a campaign called Change the Mascot after the owner of the team stated that he would never change the team’s name. Critics who have suggested a name change should at least be considered range from President Obama to several of the team’s former players.

Source: The Washington Post

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