Redskins Face Renewed Challenge To 'Disparaging' Trademarks

Law360, New York (September 10, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT) -- A group of Native Americans urged the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday to cancel six trademarks related to the NFL's Washington Redskins, saying the marks were disparaging.

In a pretrial brief filed with the TTAB, Native Americans argued that six trademarks registered by Pro-Football Inc., the Redskins' corporate entity, between 1967 and 1990 should be canceled, saying that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made a mistake in granting marks that consist of "matter which may disparage persons."

“Indeed, there is abundant evidence in...
To view the full article, register now.
Law360 Pro Say Podcast
Check out Law360's new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law.