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Federal Court Cancels Washington D.C. NFL Team’s Disparaging Trademarks

Things on the field have been pretty bad for Washington D.C.’s NFL team the past few years. Things off the field have been worse. In June 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruled that six federal registrations for the “Redskins” trademarks must be cancelled after finding that the term was disparaging of Native Americans. Today, the team’s losing streak continued as a federal court judge affirmed that ruling. This is a huge victory for those opposed to the trademarks. Here’s why. Similar to last year, in 1999, the TTAB cancelled the “Redskins” trademarks. But unlike what happened today, when D.C.’s NFL team appealed […]

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The Role FIFA’s Trademarks Played in FIFA President’s Resignation

The big bucks brands spend to use FIFA’s trademarks likely impacted Sepp Blatter’s decision to resign. A week ago today (on May 27), United States prosecutors issued an indictment accusing nine FIFA officials and five other executives of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, and other charges relating to more than $150 million in bribes. Simultaneously, Swiss authorities announced an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Most big soccer fans will tell you, FIFA had it coming. Despite the ongoing corruption scandal, on Friday, the much maligned President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, was re-elected to a […]

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