Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

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Updated: 6/18 3:56 pm
WASHINGTON (CNN.com) -- The U.S. Patent Office has canceled trademarks belonging to the Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

In a decision released Wednesday, the office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that "these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans."

The board also said it lacked the authority to prevent the team from continuing to use the trademarks.

The decision came in response to a suit brought by what the board called "five Native Americans."

The board also canceled the registrations in 1999, but a federal judge overturned that decision in 2003, saying there was no proof that the name was disparaging at the time of registration.
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DSnyder - 6/19/2014 12:55 PM
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What's going to happen next? PETA get involved saying using animals as team mascots is now bad??? Why don't we just go with numbers (of course don't use #1 or #13 because...well you know), like the gov't does to us? We're all just numbers no matter what our names are!

Kramer - 6/19/2014 12:41 PM
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copy write waaay different from CopyRight. trust me, its a Xerox

Kramer - 6/19/2014 12:40 PM
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suggest Blackened Redfish or Skinflint Moneybags, so we can all just be peons

kdavis52 - 6/18/2014 7:06 PM
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I have Cherokee and Blackfoot as part of my heritage and this football moniker did not bother me. I guess it is the politically correct bandwagon that the horses drug out again.

BITEME - 6/18/2014 3:33 PM
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Government needs to stay out of this PERIOD. And having Govt. officials influence the Patent Office also OFFENDS me. And who really is "5 Native Americans" Maybe they are the same group that has stopped further testing on the "Spirit Cave man" found back in the 1940s outside Fallon. Why? Because maybe, just maybe the "Spirit Cave man" MAY NOT be a "Native American." ummm

Speed - 6/18/2014 11:35 AM
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We should know more about these FIVE Native Americans who,by filing a lawsuit,have subverted the Rights of-how many of us-to use that name with legal protection. Maybe I'm not seeing the big picture here,but through these attorneys who care about nothing but the DOLLAR,very small minorities are getting a MUCH BIGGER hammer to pound THEIR beliefs into new law. How many really believe the name "Redskins" makes a MATERIAL difference in their lives? Is it worth hiring a bunch of lawyers to make yet another name and symbol generic? These FIVE,I'm sure,care NOTHING AT ALL about the fact that since its first use,it was a symbol of STRENGTH,INTEGRITY,POWER,CONFIDENCE,all attributes of the American Indians. How these Five,and their lawyers have cheapened the way Indians are seen today. Makes me ashamed to be Cherokee. I'd like to meet these FIVE who want to erase History. I'll bet they're ALL IINO's-Indians In Name Only,and couldn't "walk the walk" to save their lives.

DebeH - 6/18/2014 10:34 AM
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What next? It would only be fair then, given this standard, that ALL teams - professional, college and high school - will also be "under fire" for using their names/logos as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sports_team_names_and_mascots_derived_from_indigenous_peoples What next?

sierra11 - 6/18/2014 9:34 AM
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I'm pretty sure the term "scalps" is going to offend someone. No more ticket scalps, better put that name on the list also. This current Administration should be burning books by next year at this rate(or Hillary will finish the job). Oh, that's right.....no one goes to the Library or reads a book anymore. Either read it online(with no copy write) or on your tablet. Now all the Government need do is press delete at the main server...oops, that book is gone! Censorship in America.........never. Hitler and Stalin would be jealous.

renojim - 6/18/2014 8:47 AM
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@DeputyDawg...idiots like you are the reason Democrats will win in 2016.

DeputyDawg - 6/18/2014 8:11 AM
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This reeks of Obama and Harry Reid political maneuvers. The only people complaining are a bunch of white liberals and black muslim.
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