Trademark cancellation a major blow to Redskins nickname | New York Post
Could this be the first domino that eventually leads to the Washington Redskins changing their name?
On Wednesday morning, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration, saying the team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The ruling does not mean the Redskins have to change the name of the team, but presents a significant financial disincentive. It hampers the team’s (and the NFL’s) ability to make money from merchandising because it opens the field for others to legally use the name.
In ruling against the team, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board wrote, “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.”
The case, which was filed on behalf of five Native Americans, was brought against the team by Navajo activist Amanda Blackhorse, who expressed gratitude at the favorable ruling.
“I am extremely happy that the [board] ruled in our favor,” she said in a statement. “It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans. We filed our petition eight years ago and it has been a tough battle ever since.
“I hope this ruling brings us a step closer to that inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed.”
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