Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks
POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 1:40pm
Washington D.C. — The U.S. Patent Office has canceled trademarks belonging to the Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.
In a decision released Wednesday, the office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the "that these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans."
The board also said it lacked the authority to prevent the team from continuing to use the trademarks. The decision came in response to a suit brought by what the board called "five Native Americans."