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Trademark board rules against Redskins name



Published: Wed, June 18, 2014 @ 11:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Patent Office ruled today that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn't immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal, which is likely.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the team's name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups.

The decision means that the team can continue to use the Redskins name, but it would lose a significant portion of its ability to protect the financial interests connected to its use. If others printed the name on sweatshirts, apparel, or other team material, it becomes more difficult to go after groups who use it without permission.

The case involves six registered trademarks that involve the use of the word Redskins, but it does not apply to the team's logo.

The decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality after the courts decided that the plaintiffs should have filed their complaint soon after the Redskins registered their nickname in 1967.


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1Ypsi(57 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Now can we please get rid of that extremely demeaning racist Cleveland Indians logo?

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2ytown37(12 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

The last time the Redskins were denied trademarks was in 1999. 4 years later, they won on appeal. So… buckle up. Might be a while.. By the way Ypsi.... the Indians primarily use the block C logo now. They've taken steps away from "Chief Wahoo". You must not be a sports fan.

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3philobeto(85 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I applaud Dan Snyder for standing his ground against the big intrusive government. Harry “the communist” Reid said he would never go to another Redskin’s game unless they changed the name. Well, I say problem solved! Let him go watch soccer. I guess everyone one has plight except the straight white man…

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4gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I'm curious what does Dick (the gutless,lying,warmongering,exploiter) Cheney have to say about this.

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5billdog1(1194 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

How many Native American's are joining this fight? I never see or hear any in the media. Always a bunch of white people telling us what Native American's think or feel. Why don't these people just mind their own business?

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6steivo(510 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

This is PC run amok.

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7Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I am sick and tired of all those racist pigs that demean the Irish people by naming their teams the fighting Irish. It is an attempt to depict the Irish as a bunch of drunk hoodlums.
I am also sick of all those people that are fans of the dolphin's but still buy their six packs that are held together by those plastic rings.
I am also sick of being sick, why can't everyone be liberal tree hugging idiots. What about the Boston celtics, they are racist also, my god I have an epiphany, everyone must be racist. Is it racist to be racist against racist's.

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