On June 18, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revoked six team trademark registrations of the Washington Redskins logo and name on the grounds that they were disparaging to Native Americans. Although the decision does not mean that owner Daniel Snyder must change the name and logo, it does mean that other companies can sell items that bear the name and logo image.
As in previous cases challenging the team name, it’s expected that Snyder will appeal the decision. For your next research paper on patent or trademark law, look into using the fight between Native Americans and the Washington Redskins as your topic. Read more