In what could be the first step toward getting the Washington Redskins’ name changed, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has decided to cancel six trademark registrations attached to the controversial moniker.
According to official court documents, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled in favor of a plaintiff group led by Amanda Blackhorse and against Pro-Football, Inc.
Per Travis Waldron of ThinkProgress.com, the board decided that the trademarks were “disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered.”
While this ruling doesn’t mean that a name change is inevitable, it certainly puts Redskins owner Snyder in a tough position. That means outside parties can conceivably produce Redskins merchandise, which will hurt Snyder’s bottom line as well as the NFL’s. There have been many around the country who feel that using the work Redskins is just as inflammatory as using nigger. Where do you come out on this?