Redskins’ intractable trademark troubles — or sportswriters’?
Well, they’re not over. Or are they?
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I got excited by a link on my Google alert for trademark news, to this story in the Washington Post:
As Redskins’ struggles drag on, so does court challenge to name
By Courtland Milloy, Published: January 1
Back in 1992, Washington reigned as Super Bowl champs with high hopes for two in a row under coach Joe Gibbs. That year, a Native American resident of the District, Suzan Harjo, became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to change the team’s disparaging name: Redskins.
As the legal battle over the name enters its 20th year, let’s review some highlights of a struggle in which moral victories by the plaintiffs often coincided with demoralizing losses by the team on the field — including dashed hopes of winning another Super Bowl.
So far, so good: Some new development! Looks like I can post on the seemingly intractable trademark troubles of the Washington Redskins!
But… what’s the new news? Here’s the last paragraph of the story, which refers to the earlier dismissal of the Harjo case on laches grounds:
2012: Another lawsuit to get rid of the team name, Blackhorse et al v. Pro-Football Inc., will be working its way through the courts, this one from a younger group of Native Americans who cannot be said to have “waited too long to file.”
But they have already waited too long for justice.
So, then, what is the status of Blackhorse that made it newsorthy at the Post? Well, not much; it is kind of creeping along. A few weeks ago, the parties filed a joint stipulation of facts in the opposition action pending in the TTAB. Not a lot to report.
Slow news day? I guess in the sports department, it pretty much always is, in Washington. But Happy New Year!