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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.


1Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 2 years ago

Better get rid of the Vikings, Fighting Irish, Indians, Cowboys, Red Man, Browns, Warriors, etc etc.

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2redeye1(5609 comments)posted 2 years ago

Looks like the liberturds can't find anything else to b!%ch about . So they go after the REDSKINS. It's time they go after the REAL jobs that we elected them to do such as jobs, border security, unemployment benefits etc. But they must be to hard for them to do. I truly hope that Dan Snyder appeals and wins. It's time the people start standing up to this half arse Gov't that is in control now. You know them as the PC police

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3billdog1(5771 comments)posted 2 years 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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4steivo(540 comments)posted 2 years ago

This is PC run amok.

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5Silence_Dogood(1669 comments)posted 2 years 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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