Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark

    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Washington Redskins helmets lay on the ground during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    In a big move, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Wednesday morning that it is canceling six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins. “We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board said. The board has removed the team’s trademark protections in the past. In 1992, the board ruled the trademarks were disparaging, but a federal court overturned it on a technicality. The decision only affects the right to register the trademarks, but won’t stop the team from using them. However, it will make it much more difficult for the team to sue somebody for using the name and logos.

    Read it at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office