Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent Office

The Redskins no longer have a trademark, thanks to the U.S. Patent Office

6/18/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsIn a landmark decision against Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the U.S. Patent Office canceled federal trademarks for the team, saying that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans" and therefore can't be trademarked under federal law.

From the official ruling:
"We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered."

This means that the Redskins now have no legal protection whatsoever against illegally merchandised products, and can't sue for unlicensed use of their team name or any of the logos that fell under the Patent Office's decision.

Undoubtedly, Snyder will appeal this, and we're a long way from any sort of real conclusion to this story, but this is a strong step from the U.S. government to wrestle away the "Redskins" name, which is thought by many to be offensive.

Snyder has pledged to keep the name until he dies, but this decision carries some serious financial weight. Could this be the first step in forcing his hand?

If there's anything that could change his mind, it could be the thought of losing all his merchandise revenue to bootleggers without being able to do a single thing about it.
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