U.S. patent office cancels Redskins trademarks
June 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Redskins part of Washington Redskins has been canceled — as a registered trademark.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office made that federal ruling Wednesday, 2-1, citing the nickname and logo's disparaging nature toward Native Americans. The case had been brought against the team by lead plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse.
All previous six registrations have been revoked.
"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 patent office wrote in its ruling.