Trademark council throws out Redskins logo, name

By Alysa Landry
Special to the Times

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014

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Calling the name "disparaging to Native Americans," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the trademark registration for the Washington Redskins.

In a 177-page ruling released Wednesday, the office cancelled six trademark registrations belonging to Washington D.C.'s professional football team, finding that they violated the Trademark Act of 1946, which prohibits protection of disparaging offensive or disparaging language. The trademarks include various forms of the name, design and Native-themed mascot, as well as the terms "Redskins" and "Redskinettes" in typed or drawing form for entertainment services.

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