Redskins Trademark Cancelled: What Does it Mean?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  cancelled six trademarks for the name “Washington Redskins” on the grounds that the mark is offensive to Native Americans. But what does it all mean? Here are answers to some of the questions people are asking: What law is at issue?  The Lanham Act controls trademarks.  In particular, […]

Friday Sports Briefs

NFLPA Sues NFL for Collusion The National Football League Players Association has filed suit against the National Football League in connection with salary cap penalties levied against the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.  To get the flavor of this case, see articles by ESPN’s Andrew Brandt and Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann. Pitt Files Suit Against The Big East […]

High Court Punts Washington Redskins Trademark Case

The Washington Redskins have finally prevailed in a decade-long legal attack upon its nickname and logo.  In the case of Pro Football v. Harjo, the US Supreme Court chose not to review a lower court’s decision that the plaintiffs’ claims were barred by the doctrine of laches  – a common law remedy that operates similar to a statute of […]