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Federal judge orders cancellation of Redskins’ trademark registrations

More and more people are saying the NFL franchise for Washington should change its name.

A federal judge in Northern Virginia ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins  federal trademark registrations on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. The decision comes 12 months after the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the Redskins trademark registration because it considered the team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

Washington Post :

The cancellation doesn’t go into effect until the Redskins have exhausted the appeals process in the federal court system. But even if the Redskins ultimately took the case to the Supreme Court and lost, the team can still use “Redskins” and seek trademark protections under state law. The team has argued, however, that a cancellation of its trademarks could taint its brand and remove legal benefits that would protect against copycat entrepreneurs.