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Donna M.D. Thomas: A new ‘Slant’ on the Redskins’ trademark case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a landmark decision last month holding that the prohibition on registration of “disparaging” trademarks under § 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. The ...

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Editorial: Time to change the name

The federal agency doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue — the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Nor is it an entity that often finds itself enmeshed in a hot-button political dispute. Yet Wednesday’s ruling by the board to cancel the Washington Redskins football team’s trademark protection for its nickname, on the grounds that it is disparaging to Native Americans, has brought attention to the obscure agency and its work.

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