USPTO Board to Determine Whether Washington Redskins Should Lose Trademark Protection
On March 7, 2013, the USPTO Trial and Appear Board conducted a hearing to consider whether the Redskins should lose trademark
protection. At issue is Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act which prohibits marks that “may disparage or falsely suggest a connection
with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.” The board
determined in 1999 that the team should lose its protection, but this was overturned in 2003 by a federal judge.