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Supreme Court's Ruling in Trademark Case Is Sure to Help the Redskins - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jun 20,2017
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By Benjamin Freed

WASHINGTON, DC. -
The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that an Oregon rock band can trademark its name despite being considered a derogatory term is sure to be good news for lawyers working for Washington’s NFL team. The court ruled unanimously that the Slants, a synth-pop outfit whose lineup consists of Asian-American musicians, have the right to register their name with the US Patent and Trademark Office, even though the band’s name refers to an insult directed at people of Asian descent.

The ruling will almost certainly be used to settle the Washington NFL team’s own ongoing dispute with the USPTO, which is currently trying to overturn the USPTO’s 2014 decision to invalidate six of the franchise’s trademarks on the ground that its nickname is a slur against Native Americans. A federal judge upheld the patent office in 2015. And while the team‘s petition to join the Slants’ case was denied last year, the ruling today sets a precedent for the team to get its trademarks back.

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