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Native Americans Seek Dismissal of Pro Football’s Lawsuit Over Cancellation of Washington Team’s Trademarks

Today Amanda Blackhorse and her co-defendants filed a motion to dismiss Pro Football’s complaint in federal court for lack of jurisdiction.  The defendants argue that although Pro Football and the Blackhorse Defendants sharply disagree over the U.S. Patent and Trademark … Continue reading

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Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Mascots on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Under the supervision of Prof. Victoria Phillips, the IP Clinic has been involved for the past several years in representing Native clients in the controversy surrounding the Washington NFL team’s disparaging trademark and related cultural issues.  We have had the great privilege … Continue reading

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Clinic publishes case studies of Native American mascot changes

Today the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law is publishing a collection of case studies showing how four universities successfully retired and replaced mascots that play on Native American stereotypes. The studies, which examine mascot changes at … Continue reading

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Court Emphasizes Industry in Aereo Case

**Update—IP Clinic client Consumer Federation of America issued the following statement regarding the decision: This decision is bad for video consumers, who have lost an important low cost option for viewing the programming they want whenever, wherever and on the … Continue reading

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The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again cancelled the federal registration of the Washington NFL team’s name and related trademarks. In Blackhorse v. Pro Football, the agency found for the second time that the term “Redskin” is disparaging … Continue reading

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Clinic Students File Amicus Brief on Behalf of Leading Consumer Groups in Supreme Court Aereo Case

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, students at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic of the Washington College of Law filed an amicus brief (read it here (PDF)) in the pending Supreme Court case American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., … Continue reading

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Wash. Post Columnist Robert McCartney Echoes IP Clinic Students’ Criticisms of Poll In a column published in February, Post Local columnist Robert McCartney calls for a new poll to discern the opinions of Native Americans regarding the Washington NFL team’s … Continue reading

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IP Clinic Announces Second “Pop Up Legal Clinic” April 2, 2014

The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, in collaboration with  the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and George Washington University College of Law’s Small Business Clinic will hold its second “Pop Up Legal Clinic” for creative entrepreneurs seeking legal … Continue reading

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Washington Football Team Doubles Down On Junk Opinion “Data”

A press release went out today from the Washington pro football team touting “unprompted” email from “almost 200 people who identified themselves as Native Americans or as family members of Native Americans” who support use of the R-word as the team … Continue reading

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11 Reasons to Ignore the 10-Year-Old Annenberg Survey About the Washington Football Team’s Offensive Name

Prepared by Natasha Dhillon, Justin Hemmings, Maggie Scales, and William Stanley, Student Attorneys Yesterday afternoon, Washington College of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society held its first annual Sports Law Symposium featuring a panel discussion of the debate around whether … Continue reading

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