North Central Florida Reacts to Redskins Name Change
Athletic programs with nicknames related to Native Americans may be thinking twice tonight after the U-S Patent Office revoked the trademark of the Washington Redskins.
Officials said the name is disparaging to Native Americans.
This is the second time a case like this against the Redskins has been filed.
But after decades in court the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration.
This comes following many years of complaints that the name disparages Native Americans.
The Redskins registration has been canceled but it isnt stopping them from still being able to sell products or merchandise.
The cancelations means other people will be able to use that trademark.
The owner of the Washington Redskins says he plans to appeal the decision and this battle could last for several years.
But attorney Clay Calvert says the patent office decision was within constitutional guidelines
(Clay Calvery, Attorney) "ultimately down the line i think that the Redskins will change their name to something less disparaging and derogatory to native American"
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