Release Date: June 18, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two professors of Native American studies at the University at Buffalo are available to take press calls regarding the U.S. Patent Office canceling six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans:
Cell: 716-906 9733
The U.S. Patent Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled “these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans,” a decision rendered in response to a suit brought by five Native Americans. The board said, however, that it lacks the authority to prevent the team from continuing to use the trademarks.
Patricia Donovan has retired from University Communications. To contact UB's media relations staff, call 716-645-6969 or visit our list of current university media contacts. Sorry for the inconvenience.