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Washington Redskins To Lose Their ‘Racist’ Name

by | 19th, June 2014



THERE’S been a long debate about the name of the Washington Redskins’ name. The NFL team are famously the redskins, but few outside of America have really considered the meaning.

Think about it. Redskins. And a logo of a Native American. Would you back a team called Bigsville Blackfaces? Or the Metropolis Yellow Peril? Of course you wouldn’t but in Washington, they’ve got away with it, somehow, even after  The Onion went in (and went in very hard, to make a point) on the NFL team.

However, that may all be changing after the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

This landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans.

“This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Federal trademark law doesn’t permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.”

“We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the

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