Washington Redskins no more?


The U.S. Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year.

The decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality because the courts decided that the plaintiffs were too old.

The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans. A hearing was held in March 2013.

The following is part of a statement released by the Washington Redskins:

We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board TMs divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins TM trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.

You can read the full statement here.

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