Wow! Breaking news this morning concerning the DMV’s own Washington
Redskins, or should I say formerly known as! The United States Patent and Trademark office has officially canceled the Redskin’s trademark claiming that
the team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans”. This is big news for the millions of Redskin’s fans here in the nation’s capital.
Read the story courtesy of washingtonpost.com
“We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath, said. “The dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.”
The ruling does not mean that the Redskins have to change the name of the team. It does affect whether the team and the NFL can make money from merchandising because it limits the team’s legal options when others use the logos and the name on T shirts, sweatshirts, beer glasses and license plate holders.
In addition, Native Americans have won at this stage before. But the team and the NFL won an appeal to U.S. District Court. The team is likely to make the same appeal this time. Team officials are expected to make a statement this morning.