Tag Archives: disparagement

C’mon Man–Change the Mascot– Federal Court Throws Out Pro Football’s Constitutional Challenges and Orders Cancellation of Federal Trademark Registrations for Washington Football Team

Today, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued its rocket-docket decision in Pro-Football v. Blackhorse and affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision to cancel the team’s six team name trademark registrations on the ground … Continue reading

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Suzan Shown Harjo to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday

President Obama has named Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom, established by President Kennedy in 1963, is the nation’s highest civilian honor.  It is awarded to “individuals who … Continue reading

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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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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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