Patent office cancels Redskins trademark calling it disparaging

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Patent Office has canceled trademarks belonging to the Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

In a decision released Wednesday, the office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that “these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans.”

The board also said it lacked the authority to prevent the team from continuing to use the trademarks.

The decision came in response to a suit brought by what the board called “five Native Americans.”

The board also canceled the registrations in 1999, but a federal judge overturned that decision in 2003, saying there was no proof that the name was disparaging at the time of registration.


  • Howard Stern

    The team name has been in place since 1932 and all of the sudden people are offended? Get freakin’ real.

  • james k taylor sr

    i hope the redskins fight this in court this political correctness bs is getting out of


    Insensitivity is just as bad as being too sensitive. The Native American community has a right to be offended by the term ‘Redskins’, and that should be respected. That should have been considered years ago. What right do other populations have to say that term shouldn’t offend them – how arrogant! I agree there is too much PC, but I feel this was the right decision.

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