On June 18, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, an administrative tribunal within the USPTO, ruled that the registered WASHINGTON REDSKINS’ marks were offensive to Native Americans at the time they were registered and therefore they must be canceled. This ruling does NOT require the NFL team in Washington to cease its use of the REDSKINS name, but the team may lose all of the legal rights associated with the registration of these marks. Under law, the USPTO may not register marks that disparage persons or bring them into disrepute. The team plans to appeal this decision.
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