Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A Washington Redskins helmet against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins appeal ruling of Trademark Appeal Board

The Washington Redskins have filed an appeal of the ruling handed down by U.S Trademark Appeal Board that canceled their trademark on the Redskins name.  The U.S. Patent Office ruled in June that the Redskins name was disparaging to Native Americans and canceled the trademark on the name based on that.  And now the Redskins have appealed the ruling to a Federal court.

Redskins trademark attorney Bob Raskopf stated:

“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.

The team is optimistic that the court will correctly and carefully evaluate the proofs, listen to the arguments, and confirm the validity of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations, just as another federal court has already found in a virtually identical case.”

This scenario played itself out before in when the trademark was cancelled in 1999 and that ruling was then overturned in 2003.  The Washington Redskins expect the same outcome this time.  And as I’ve said before, cancelling the trademark will only prevent the Redskins from owning the name but it won’t stop the name from being used.

In fact it would only open things up for more people to profit off the name.  So in trying to hurt the Redskins, opponents of the name could also end up hurting their own cause.

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