The United States Patent and Trademark office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, per ThinkProgress.org. They have ruled that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”
This will be a huge step toward getting the Washington Redskins to change it’s team name. The team will likely appeal the ruling and during the appeal process, the team will be able to keep their current patent and trademark that they have. If the ruling stands, anyone would be able to use the name “Redskins” on merchandise and that would bite into the financial bucket for the team. Any Joe on the street could sell Redskins shirts and posters without worrying about the team or NFL going after them. This decision is huge and could mark the start of a name change in Washington.
The Redskins team name has been a topic of discussion for a while. It has been an ongoing battle. This is one move forward against the team name.