In June 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) shocked football fans everywhere when it granted a petition to cancel six Washington Redskins trademark registrations. Filed by Navajo Amanda Blackhorse and four other Native Americans, the petition sought to cancel the registrations on the grounds that they disparaged the Native American people; all six of the registrations included the term “redskin”, and two included the team’s logo (a Native American chief).
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 7, 2015. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Silverstein, Stella, "Why the Current Trademark Disparagement Analysis Needs to be Revamped" (2015). AELJ Blog. 73.