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Washington Redskins Trademark Registrations are Cancelled

Posted in General Commentary by Kristen Fries on June 19, 2014

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six of the Washington Redskins’ trademarks, all of which involved the term “redskins.”  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) concluded that “Redskins” was disparaging of Native Americans.

The full opinion of the TTAB can be found here.

The USPTO also issued a media fact sheet explaining what the decision means and what the decision does not mean.

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  1. Redskins said, on June 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    People are way to sensitive now. I can understand why people would be upset if this were being used in an offensive context but it isn’t, there’s no harm being done to anybody.

  2. Raja K said, on July 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Yet the media fact sheet says that the football team still possess the “use-based” rights through which they can use the trademark in issue but just can’t have it registered.

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