Redskins Should Have Sued USPTO, Not Indians: Blackhorse

Law360, New York (September 22, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT) -- The group of American Indians who won the ruling earlier this year canceling the Washington Redskins trademark registrations urged a Virginia federal judge Monday to toss the team's appeal of the decision, saying the case was filed against the wrong defendants in the wrong court.

Attorneys for Amanda Blackhorse and her fellow petitioners said the lawsuit against them, which challenges the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's ruling in June that the team's name is disparaging to Native Americans, should have been filed against USPTO, not the petitioners themselves.

Blackhorse and her fellow petitioners aren't “parties in interest” who can be sued over...

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