Patent office sacks 'Redskins' trademark protection

, Posted: Wed, June 18 2014 at 12:28 PM, Updated: Wed, June 18 2014 at 1:56 PM

Patent office sacks 'Redskins' trademark protection

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the renewal of the Washington Redskins' trademarks ruling that the professional football team's name is "disparaging of Native Americans."

The team's six federal trademark registrations have been canceled but this does not mean that the Redskins have to change their name. It will just be more difficult to stop others from using it and profiting.

Ever since the Redskins nickname was registered in 1967, complaints of racism have been filed against it. A previous case in 1999 was ruled the same way, and the trademark was denied.

But 10 years later, the team and the NFL won an appeal in Federal Court and got back their trademarks.

A statement made today by the team's trademark attorney reveals the team's intention to appeal this ruling as well, saying "we are confident we will prevail once again." The team owner, Dan Snyder, is not considering a name change at this time.

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