I’ve been having fun listening to commentators – most of whom appear to know little or nothing about trademark law – expound on last week’s decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel six trademark registrations for variations of the word REDSKINS as the name of Washington, D.C.’s pro football team. One observer described it as a “landmark” decision, and several have prophesied that it marks “the beginning of the end” of the team’s controversial nickname.

The decision may turn out to have significant impact on the team politically and in terms of public relations. But legally…not so much.

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Topics:  Blackhorse v Pro-Football, Disparagement, Football, Laches, Marketing, Native American Issues, NFL, Redskins, Registration, Trademark Act, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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