Washington NFL Team Loses Trademark for ‘Disparaging’ Name

By Jason Abbruzzese

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The controversy over the Washington Redskins has taken another turn after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademarks for the team’s name on Wednesday.

Team owner Dan Snyder has come under fire recently for refusing to change the name, which is widely seen as insensitive to Native Americans

The decision from the U.S. administrator read, “…these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered…”

The ruling does not force the team to abandon the name, but does allow others to use it without risking patent infringement litigation. …

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