The case, brought to the PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board by five Native Americans in 2006, removed six federal trademarks that included the word “Redskin” reported The Washington Post.
“The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks disparage Native Americans,” Jesse Witten, the plaintiff’s attorney told Politico. “The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place.”
The decision does not prohibit the Washington Redskins from keeping its name or from using its trademark. It could, however, affect the NFL and the team's profits from merchandise if they no longer have the exclusive rights to the name and logo, said The New York Times.
“It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans. We filed our petition eight years ago and it has been a tough battle ever since," said one of the petitioners, Amanda Blackhorse. "I hope this ruling brings us a step closer to that inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed.”
But this is not the first time the trademarks have been compromised.