The Washington Redskins may have to change the name of the team if The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has their way. They’ve just canceled trademark registration based on their ruling that the name is offensive to Native Americans. The ruling pertains to six different trademarks that have the word “Redskin” in them.
But before you put your jerseys and team paraphernalia in a box and store them in the attic in hopes of one day selling them to collector’s, a number of things have to happen before an official name change is made. The ruling doesn’t mean the trademarks can no longer be used by the NFL team, only that they are no longer registered. The team will also more than likely appeal the decision, and will continue to keep exclusive rights to the trademark until a federal court makes a ruling.
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