Thursday, June 19, 2014

Washington Something Or Others

Also in the "if you haven't heard" category, the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the trademark registrations of the Washington Redskins on the grounds that "the team name is disparaging to Native Americans" (see here: What’s Next, Washington?).

The USPTO actually made the same ruling in the 1990s, but it was overturned by an appeals court. Cases like this can take over a decade to resolve, so it will be slow going, but it will be interesting to watch.

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