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Designers of that 2004 Annenberg survey on the Redskins name: The sample was unrepresentative

The team’s owner Dan Snyder and its representatives have repeatedly pointed to that result to support their contention that few Native Americans are bothered by the name. But the researchers’ memo definitively disqualifies the survey as an accurate picture of Native American attitudes about the name. As the memo goes on to say, **“it is not appropriate to use NAES data to study this population.”** Continue reading

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Clinic Students Propose USPTO Reforms to Discourage Frivolous Trademark Oppositions

Clinic student attorneys Charles Frank and Breanne Hoke, in conjunction with students from the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School and the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic at Suffolk University Law School, embarked on a … Continue reading

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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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Clinic Blog Post Cited in Oral Argument Over Washington Team Trademark’s Offensiveness

When lawyers for the Washington football team leaned hard this week on a 2004 survey to prove the team’s name is not offensive, lawyers for the Native American plaintiffs seeking cancellation of the mark had a ready reply: The survey … Continue reading

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Law School Clinic Certification Program Visit to the United States Patent and Trademark Office

On April 15, Clinic student attorneys Charles Frank, Cori Stedman, Caile Morris, Alexandra El-Bayeh, Mark Patrick, and Jessica Rickman attended the Law School Clinic Certification Program Visit to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Representatives of several participating … Continue reading

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HR 5108 Codifies USPTO Law School Clinic Pilot Program

H.R. 5108, the legislation to permanently establish the USPTO Law School Clinic Pilot Program, was passed by the Senate yesterday. The IP Clinic and clinic students were instrumental in early efforts to establish a student practice rule at the agency. The bill will … 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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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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