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Redskins Trademarks Canceled By U.S. Patent Office
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The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled six trademark registrations owned by the Washington NFL club today, ruling that the term "Redskins" was disparaging to "a substantial composite" of American Indians when the marks were granted between 1967 and 1990. The team can appeal and retain its federal trademark rights in the meantime. And even if the club loses on appeal, it can continue to use the name, but without federal trademark protection, others could potentially use the team's name and logos to sell merchandise with impunity, although owners of unregistered marks can still try to protect them through state statutes or common law.


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