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Patent Office Rules "Redskins" Name Offensive

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The U.S. Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

The ruling announced Wednesday comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year.

The decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality because the courts decided that the plaintiffs were too old.

The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans. A hearing was held in March 2013.

Just like last time, the Redskins can retain their trademark protection during an appeal.  (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today on the decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office regarding the Washington football team. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
There are 27 tribes in Nevada.  This issue regarding the name ‘Redskins’ is so important to them.  Every time they hear this name, it is a sad reminder of a long tradition of racism and bigotry.  Daniel Snyder says this is about tradition.  I ask: what tradition?  A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake.

The decision today by the Patent and Trademark Office makes one thing very clear. The writing is on the wall. It is on the wall in giant, blinking, neon lights. This name will change and justice will be done for the tribes in Nevada and across the nation who care so deeply about this issue.

Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it is just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing.

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