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Volume 24 No. 117
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Native American Group Seeking To Strip Redskins Of Their Trademark

A group of Native Americans today will go before the U.S. Patent Office's Trademark Trial & Appeal Board to "argue that the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection, based on a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable." The board stripped the Redskins of the trademark in '99, but the ruling "was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality." A new case was filed in '06, and for various reasons, "it's taken seven years for it to get this far" (AP, 3/7).