The Washington Redskins formally appealed the decision made by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the team's trademark registration, the team announced.
The Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Redskins in June saying the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits trademark protection on offensive or disparaging language.
More: 2014 Fantasy Football Top 300
"We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision," Redskins trademark attorney Bob Raskopf said in a statement.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will never change the team's nickname, saying "the Washington Redskin fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride."
Boomer: Johnny Manziel still has a lot to learn
Sports Illustrated's Boomer Esiason explains why Cleveland Browns' rookie QB Johnny Manziel should not start against the Pittsburgh Steelers opening day.
- Scooby Axson