Editor’s note: Federal bureaucracy will now judge patents on politically correct criteria.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, a landmark decision following decades of complaints that the name disparages Native Americans.
Trademarks that belittle other groups are not permitted under federal law. The ruling Wednesday pertains to six different trademarks containing the word “Redskin.”
Native American groups have been fighting the football team, its owners and sponsors for decades to change the name. The team has consistently affirmed its refusal to change the name.
The 2-to-1 board decision can be reviewed by a federal court.
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