U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark office canceled the Washington redskins trademark registration. The office claims the football team's name is "disparaging to Native Americans."

The landmark case appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that "may disparage" individuals or groups. The Redskins name change controversy has been gathering steam over the past few years. U.S. senators, former and current NFL players have called for team owner to change the name. The team is likely to make an appeal.

It will take sometime to see how this decision will impact the retired UND nickname.  

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