Redskins Lose Battle To Restore Trademark Registrations

Law360, New York (July 8, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations, striking down the argument that the federal government's ban on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional.

The ruling upholding the cancellation of the Redskins' trademark won't go into effect until the team exhausts its appellate options, and it doesn't affect the team's ability to use the name. (Credit: AP) The ruling from U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms a decision last June by the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that "Redskins" ran afoul of the Lanham Act's Section 2a —...

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