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Redskins say patent ruling 'will have no effect at all' on team, plan to appeal

Washington Owner Dan Snyder says he will not change the team's name. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Washington owner Dan Snyder says he will not change the team's name. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins responded Wednesday to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that canceled six trademark registrations held by the team, claiming the ruling will have little effect on their ownership of the team's name and logos.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dismissed the trademarks on grounds that the term Redskins was "disparaging to Native Americans."

Bob Raskopf, the franchise's trademark attorney, said in a statement that the team believes the ruling will be overturned, as it was when the trademarks were canceled in 1999.

From the team's statement:

“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. ... We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board."

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Washington owner Dan Snyder has been adamant that he will not change the team's name despite growing outcry from Native American groups, including the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, who aired a commercial attacking the nickname during this year's NBA Finals.

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