Redskins Trademark Name Revoked by U.S. Patent Office


by T.M. Burroughs

Washington Redskins football team, associated with Native Americans since 1932 when it originated as the Braves in Boston, has lost its most recent case in a short history of law suits alleging their name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans.

This case was filed by five Native Americans. Hardly a class action representing first nation people as a whole.

In fact, only a small percentage of Americans, including Native Americans, find the name offensive. A series of polls taken by a variety of organizations beginning in 2004 found an overwhelming majority of American Indians found the name acceptable. In 2004, a poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that 91% of the American Indians surveyed in the 48 states on the mainland USA found the name acceptable. A 2013 USA Today poll found widespread support for the Redskins name. The poll indicated that 79% of Americans polled believed that the Redskins should keep their name. A 2014 AP poll showed that 83% felt the team should keep its name.

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