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Washington Redskins Contesting Trademark Cancellation


February 25, 2015

Cancelling the trademark for the “Washington Redskins” infringes on the NFL team’s free speech rights and unfairly singles the team out, its lawyers argued in court papers filed this week. The USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board last year cancelled the mark because it could be offensive to Native Americans. The team’s lawyers said the government has no place making that judgment, while passing on similar names like “Braves.” Federal lawyers have argued that the law allowing it to ban disparaging trademarks doesn’t ban speech, but merely denies the disparaging mark the protection of federal trademark law.

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