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Native Americans seek dismissal of Redskins’ suit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Five Native Americans who successfully challenged the trademark for the Washington Redskins’ name are asking a federal judge to dismiss the team’s lawsuit over the decision.

The Redskins filed the lawsuit earlier this year in federal court against the Native Americans, seeking reversal of a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. That board ruled that the Redskins should lose trademark protection for their name because the name may disparage Native Americans.

In court papers filed Monday, lawyers for the Native Americans say that if the club wants to sue, it needs to sue the Patent and Trademark Office, which made the decision.

The Redskins say a provision in federal law allows them to sue the individuals who sought the trademark’s cancellation.