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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: REDSKINS Defendants Can’t Have It Both Ways

by Julia Bishop As we previously wrote about this year, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) cancelled Washington Redskins owner Pro-Football Inc.’s REDSKINS trademark registrations finding that the marks are disparaging to Native Americans. Pro-Football subsequently filed a complaint...

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”...