The Washington Redskins Trademark Has Been Canceled

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washington-redskins-gettyThe fight over the name of NFL team the Washington Redskins has turned a major corner. The trademark for the team’s name has been canceled. The U.S. Patents and Trademark Office ruled that the trademark had to be canceled because the name disparaged Native Americans. Native Americans view the term “redskins” as derogatory.

While this doesn’t mean the team must change their name, it means people and organizations will be able to use the term and logo of the football team without threat of legal action from the sports franchise.  That is horrible for the team because that means the NFL team will take a huge hit in the finance department.

 

Heavy.com put together a list of five quick facts you need to know about the the trademark cancellation. Take a look at an excerpt below:

5 Native Americans Had Appealed to the Office

The appeal was brought before the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Amanda Blackhorse, Marcus Briggs, Phillip Gover, Jillian Pappan, and Courtney Tsotigh, all identified in the official decision as Native Americans.

Amanda Blackhorse is a member of the Navajo Nation, Phillip Gover is a member of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Courtney Tsotigh is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, and Marcus Brigg-s Cloud is a member of the Muscogee Nation of Florida.

You can read the rest of the facts over at Heavy.com.

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