US Patent Office inRedskins' name offensive
Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Updated today at 4:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins' name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and should be stripped of trademark protection — a decision that puts powerful new financial and poliinatical pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.
By a vote of 2-1, the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with five Native Americans in a dispute that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades.