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TTAB "Redskins" ruling may have more PR than legal significance

Michael Loney, New York

The Blackhorse v Pro Football decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has ruled in favour of five Native Americans who sought cancellation of six federal registrations for trade marks that include the term “Redskins”

The USPTO said the TTAB had determined “that the petitioners met their burden to establish that the term ‘Redskins’ was disparaging of Native Americans, when used in relation to professional football services, at the times the various registrations involved in...

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