In a widely predicted move by the Patent Office of the United States, the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board cancelled six of the trademarks registered to the Washington Redskins football team.
However, this news remains mostly symbolic, as the team is appealing the decision, and the patent office has publicly stated that the team can continue to use the logos during the appeals process, which often takes years (more if you have some expensive lawyers) to complete.
This also isn’t the first time the trademarks have been cancelled. In 1999 the exact same situation occurred, and four years (!!) later, the decision was overturned, citing lack of proof that the logos did any actual harm to the Native Americans involved in the suit.
What do you think of the logo? Does suing the organization give the logo more power, thereby making it more offensive than it ever would have been on it’s own? Check out this anti-Redskins logo commercial that aired during the NBA Finals.