According to The Washington Post, The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration. The ruling does not mean that the team has to change the name. But it does affect merchandising for the Redskins and the NFL as it limits the teamâ€™s legal options when others use the logos and the name on T-shirts, sweatshirts, beer glasses, etc.
The ruling states that the Redskins name is â€śdisparaging to Native Americans.â€ť Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that â€śmay disparageâ€ť individuals or groups or â€śbring them into contempt or disrepute.â€ť The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word â€śRedskin.â€ť
â€śWe are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,â€ť Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath (the firm that filed the lawsuit on behalf of five Native Americans) said. â€śThe dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.â€ť