football.jpgIPNews® – A group of Native Americans are attempting to have six Washington Redskins’ trademarks cancelled, claiming that the team’s name is disparaging to Native Americans.

In a hearing in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board last week, a group of Native Americans argued that because the team’s name is an ethnic slur and is disparaging toward the Native American population, the team should not be entitled to trademark protection of the name under the Lanham Act.  The Redskins fired back claiming that the petitions to cancel are barred by latches and that the group has no evidence that the term is considered offensive to a substantial number of Native Americans.

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