In a 2-1 decision, a Patent and Trademark Office administrative
tribunal voted in June to cancel six trademarks. The Redskins
appealed the ruling to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia.
"We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both
federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward
to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,"
Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Redskins, said in a
The ruling does not mean that the trademarks can no longer be used
by the National Football League franchise, only that they are no
longer registered. The trademark protection remains until appeals
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said the team honors Native
Americans and has vowed never to change the name.
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