Can­cel Washington Red­skins’ trade­mark reg­is­tra­tion: judge

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A fed­eral judge on Wed­nes­day or­dered the can­cel­la­tion of the Washington Red­skins’ trade­mark reg­is­tra­tion, rul­ing that the team name may be dis­parag­ing to Na­tive Amer­i­cans. The rul­ing by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee af­firms an ear­lier find­ing by an ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­peal board. Bruce or­dered the fed­eral Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice to can­cel the reg­is­tra­tion. Lee em­pha­sized in his 70page rul­ing that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is still free to use the name if it wishes — the team would just lose some le­gal pro­tec­tions that go along with fed­eral reg­is­tra­tion of a trade­mark.

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