USPTO Stepping Up Work on Database of Native American Insignia

Law360, New York (November 19, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is stepping up work on a program to create a database of official Native American insignia and logos, with the aim of preventing them from being used again for commercial purposes.

However, participation from the 562 federally recognized Indian tribes across the nation has been lackluster, officials say. So far, only seven tribes have submitted insignias.

The government is also urging state-recognized tribal governments to participate in the registration effort, the Arizona Republic reported.

"A comprehensive database of official insignias...
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