The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a decision cancelling the trademark registrations owned by the NFL’s Washington Redskins. As an attorney who has handled multiple trademark matters before the PTO, this decision is fascinating both for its scope, and also for the unique manner in which it has focused the general public’s attention on the law of intellectual property. There are several brief takeaways that I think are important for those interested in this story.
This is just the beginning. The next item of intrigue will be whether the federal courts grant a stay of this decision pending the (inevitable) appeal. Then, there will be the appeal itself before federal judges – not staff from the PTO. It will be fascinating to watch.
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-Brian S. Stewart