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Washington 'Redskins' trademark denied registration by U.S. Patent Office

The U.S. Patent Office ruled in favor of Native American plaintiffs who claim the "Redskins" trademark disparages Indians. The team and the NFL are expected to appeal the decision.

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The Washington NFL team trademark case explained

The Washington NFL team plans to appeal a Patent Office decision to reject its trademark. What does it mean for the future of the team's nickname? And how might the appeal process play out? SB Nation spoke with intellectual property attorney Brad Newberg for more insight into the process.

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Redskins trademark ruling, explained

Five representatives of Native Americans won their argument that the term "Redskins" is disparaging. OK, so what happens next?

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Redskins will appeal Patent Office decision

The Redskins will fight back against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel registrations on the team's name. The team hopes to win appeal, just as it did in 2003 when the U.S. PTO reached a similar ruling in 1999.

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Movie clips used against Redskins in patent case

Plaintiffs used movie clips, among other sources, to build a case against the Redskins that ultimately led the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel six registrations for the team's name. Here are a few of those clips.

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'Redskins' denied registration by Patent Office

The Redskins will have a difficult time using their name going forward, after the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled registration for a name they found "disparaging to Native Americans."

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Quotable: Allen defends Redskins name again

Bruce Allen responded to a letter signed by 50 U.S. senators, once again defending the Washington Redskins name.

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Dan Snyder attacked by 50 Senators

Half the members of the United States Senate sent Roger Goodell a letter asking the NFL to change the name of the Washington team. But a letter from 50 Senators doesn't mean much anymore.

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Begay: Redskins owner’s foundation’s a fraud

Notah Begay III says Daniel Snyder’s new Washington Redskins foundation is a public relations maneuver designed to deflect criticism over the racial slur that is the owner’s NFL team’s name.

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Dan Snyder's latest cigar store Indian

Last year, Dan Snyder found an Indian chief who was neither a chief nor an Indian to endorse his NFL team's nickname. This time, he found a guy who swindled the Bureau of Indian Affairs out of $1 million to run his Original Americans Foundation.

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Redskins face congressional pressure on team name

Two members of Congress will send a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell requesting the NFL take a formal stance against what they believe to be a racially insensitive moniker.

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Contest seeks to rebrand the Redskins

A California-based design company held a contest to rename and rebrand Dan Snyder's NFL team. SB Nation's own Hogs Haven took part.

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Dan Snyder letter defends 'Redskins' name

Dan Snyder released a long letter to Redskins season ticket holders addressing the recent outcry to change the team's name.

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Redskins fire back at Obama regarding name change

The Redskins are going on the defensive about a proposed change to their storied name.

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Obama weighs in on Washington name controversy

President Obama says that he would consider changing the Redskins name if he owned the team.

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Crowd protesting Redskins name at Lambeau Field

A small crowd gathered in the rainy streets outside of Lambeau Field on Sunday to protest the team nickname of the visiting Washington Redskins.

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Keith Olbermann's takedown of the Redskins

"The last racist name you can say out loud in your office without getting fired."

Here's video of Keith Olbermann's takedown of the Washington football team's name, "Why The Redskins Might Change Their Name (Relatively) Soon." There's not much more to say about it other then just: Watch it. Who knew it would be so great to have Olbermann back in sports?

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Snyder will 'never change' Redskins name

Daniel Snyder doesn't mind the objections to his team's racially charged nickname; he says the Washington Redskins will remain the Washington Redskins so long as he's in charge.

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Majority support 'Redskins' nickname

The Redskins have insisted they aren't considering changing their name, but a recent poll showed support for the team's nickname has decreased.

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Redskins name in trademark court

The Washington Redskins face a serious threat against their name and mascot in a trademark hearing that begins Thursday.

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Defending the indefensible

The origin of the word "redskin" counts for less than its contemporary meaning.

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