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What’s the Legal Impact of the Redskins Trademark Decision?

Many people seem confused by the decision of the US Patent & Trademark Office to rescind the registered trademark “Redskins” owned by the Washington football team [ an enhanced version of the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]. So let’s...

US Patent & Trademark Office Cancels Washington Redskins Trademark Registrations

by Elizabeth Papendorp The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or the Board), an adjudicatory division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, issued a decision on June 18, 2014 cancelling six trademark registrations previously granted to Pro Football, Inc. for the use of the term “Redskins”...

The REDSKINS Trademarks: What's the Real Impact of the Board's Cancellation Decision in Blackhorse?

The dramatic pronouncement by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that it was cancelling the registrations of the REDSKINS trademarks has sparked a media frenzy. News reports, blogs and tweets have declared that anyone can now sell REDSKINS merchandise with impunity, or that Dan Snyder finally has no...

EDVA Upholds Decision to Cancel Redskins Trademark Registrations — First and Fifth Amendment Challenges to Section 2(a) Still Up for Debate

by Julia Bishop Eastern District Court Judge Lee upheld the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision to cancel several REDSKINS trademark registrations. Pro-Football, Inc. v. Amanda Blackhorse et al. , No. 1:14-cv-01043-GBL-IDD (E.D. Va. July 8, 2015) [subscribers can access...

Redskins Trademarks – Answers to Key Questions Regarding Recent Ruling

by Chris Mackenzie Last week, the U.S. District Court sitting in Alexandria, Virginia granted what would appear to be a sweeping victory to a group of five Native Americans who have renewed attempts to cancel the federal registrations of certain trademarks owned by Pro-Football, Inc. (“PFI”...