US Patent Office cancels Washington Redskins’ trademark registration

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WASHINGTON, DC – A foul play has been called on the NFL’s Washington Redskins name.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins’ trademark registration after some say the football team’s name is offensive to Native Americans.

The landmark case was filed on behalf of five Native Americans.

According to the government’s playbook, federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that may disparage’ individuals or groups or ‘bring them into contempt or disrepute.’

Redskin lawyers wonder if this blindside tackle ignores the rule of law and they plan to appeal.

Stripping the Redskins’ trademark does not mean they’ll have to change the team’s name, but can affect sales team logo merchandise.

The line drawn could be the team’s appeal that determines if the government’s play is out-of-bounds.