U.S. Patent Office cancels Redskins trademark

The Sports NetworkJune 18, 2014 

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations of the Washington Redskins, calling the football team's nickname "disparaging to Native Americans."

The USPTO announced its ruling on Wednesday.

Five Native Americans filed a complaint to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in 2006, and a hearing was held in March 2013.

It was the second time such a case was filed. The board also canceled the registrations in 1999, but a federal judge overturned that decision in 2003.

The Redskins can appeal this decision and retain their trademark protection during the appeal process. Team owner Daniel Snyder hasn't announced his plans yet.

This ruling, if upheld during appeal, doesn't mean that Snyder has to change the name of the team. It means he would lose the ability to protect the name and logo of the team for financial purposes.

Snyder has remained defiant in the face of pleas to change the team name.

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