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 the record demonstrating that … the marks contain matter that a substantial composite of Native...

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