Federal Patent Office Rules Against Redskins, Cancels Trademark

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal Washington Redskins trademark registrations, deeming the team name "disparaging to Native Americans."

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board handled the case, which was filed on behalf of five Native Americans.

"We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered," the board decided.