HOUSTON, June 20, 2014 -- Jeff Andrews explained to the listeners of San Antonio's News Radio 1200 WOAI the impact of the recent decision of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the registrations of Pro-Football, Inc.'s REDSKINS marks.
On June 18, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc., finding six registrations owned by Pro-Football, Inc. that contained the word "Redskins" were obtained contrary to Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the time of registration. The TTAB decided, as explained in a 100-page opinion, that the registrations must be cancelled.
In an interview by News Radio WOAI, Jeff Andrews explained that the ruling by the TTAB only affected the registration of the Redskins marks, not Pro-Football's right to use those marks. Dr. Andrews also explained that Pro-Football still owned the Redskins marks, and would still be capable of enforcing those marks, even if Pro-Football's promised appeal of the TTAB's ruling was unsuccessful.