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Redskins Lose Trademark for 'Disparaging' Name

Redskins Lose Trademark for 'Disparaging' Name
Posted June 18th, 2014 @ 10:48am by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Under federal law, trademarks can't "disparage" individuals—and on those grounds, the US Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, the Washington Post reports. The office says the six trademarks that included the name "were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered." Plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse called the decision "a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans," ThinkProgress reports.

The Washington Redskins are reacting to today's cancellation of their trademarks by the U.S. Patent Office.  Team trademark attorney Bob Raskopf say, "We've seen this story before.  And just like last time, today's ruling will have no effect at all on the team's ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo."

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