U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.

“This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”

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5 Responses to “U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging”

  1. Rhetorical on 18/18/14 at 12:02 pm

    Wonder if Dear Leader has anything to do with this since he has so much time on his hands?

  2. SNuss on 18/18/14 at 4:27 pm

    Sounds like the start of another lawsuit against the government. It isn’t the Patent Office’s job to censor trade names. Otherwise, I bet a lot of rappers would lose their trademark names.

  3. mini TRU on 19/19/14 at 11:08 am

    Everyone who wants a job can find one. The debt is zero. The borders are well defended and secure. The wars are winding down victoriously. World peace is spreading. Yea nothing important going on so it is time to focus on an 80 year old sports team name that is now offensive thoughtcrime.

  4. burt on 20/20/14 at 2:47 pm

    With Obama everything is Politics. Yes Rhetorical, the Patent & Trademark office is doing the will of Obama.