USPTO invalidates trademark of Washington Redskins

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office today invalidated the trademark registration of the Washington Redskins on the grounds that the team name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The case is Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc. (proceeding no. 92046185), and the ruling is available here.

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