Redskins appeal Patent Office trademark ruling on team name

Friday August 15th, 2014

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.

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"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."

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