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Another bad season for the Redskins

The Eastern District of Virginia has ruled (link to opinion here) on the summary judgment motions in Pro Football v. Blackhorse in the NFL’s appeal to the District Court of the TTAB’s cancellation of the REDSKINS trademark registration. The opinion is 70 pages long.  Spoiler alert:  It doesn’t come out good for the Redskins. There will be plenty […]

Trademarks, the Redskins and the constitution

The NFL’s brief on the issue you’ve read about everywhere, including here, is now out and about (courtesy of John Welch): NFL v Blackhorse – The Redskins Brief

Best of 2014: Redskins decision: The present judges the past

Originally posted on June 18, 2014. I’ve been writing about the dispute over the REDSKINS trademark on this blog more or less since the beginning of the blog itself. Today a new chapter has been written — or rewritten.  The TTAB has ruled and, not particularly surprisingly, the NFL team called the REDSKINS has been […]

Redskins’ intractable trademark troubles — or sportswriters’?

Originally posted 2012-01-04 11:22:31. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI’ve been following the REDSKINS trademark travails since forever. Well, they’re not over. Or are they? Live with me in real-time, real-life blogging time. I got excited by a link on my Google alert for trademark news, to this story in the Washington Post: As Redskins’ struggles […]

Redskins decision: The present judges the past

I’ve been writing about the dispute over the REDSKINS trademark on this blog more or less since the beginning of the blog itself. Today a new chapter has been written — or rewritten.  The TTAB has ruled and, not particularly surprisingly, the NFL team called the REDSKINS has been deemed, nunc pro tunc, to have […]

Redskins redux 2

Originally posted 2009-06-09 12:37:25. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI didn’t have a chance to mention that last month, the order denying the legal challenge to the Washington Redskin’s use of its trademark American Indian logo was upheld. Now I have a chance! And do the unhappy Indians have a chance?  They think they do. UPDATE: […]

Redskins redux

Originally posted 2006-08-09 23:33:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Remember the Washington Redskins trademark tussle? CNBC reports that it’s back — again — and better than ever. This time the focus is an interesting technical tactic related to an aspect of the case involving the equitable doctrine of laches: [T]he U.S. District Court of the […]

Football Redskins live to fight another day

Originally posted 2008-09-02 00:01:43. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThis story won’t die — especially judging from the prominence of related words among search terms that reach this blog.  The latest, which we missed when it came out in July and we were otherwise engaged, is that the NFL’s Washington Redskins again prevailed in a lawsuit […]

THE SLANTS trademark appeal: The other side

I posted the en banc Federal Circuit brief of Simon Tam for the Slants, and those of the amici curiae in his support shortly after they were filed. Well, of course there’s another side to this, and it has been heard.  Here is the brief of the PTO seeking affirmance.  Then came the brief of amicus curiae, […]

Friends of the court, friends of the First Amendment

The approved and publishable amicus briefs in the appeal regarding the trademark registration of THE SLANTS are trickling in. Certainly interesting to see who is saying what.  So far, they all seem to be on the side of The Slants, though interestingly the INTA amicus brief does not take a position on the First Amendment issue […]

Policy and Constitutional Problems with Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

The Policy and Constitutional Challenges to Contemporary Application of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act[1] By Ronald Coleman Much of the excitement in intellectual property law jurisprudence these days involves policy-making by judges and the PTO.  These include: How and what is secondary liability for trademark infringement, and what isn’t?[2] Are defendants entitled to attorneys’ fees[3]when they win […]

The ACLU’s strange bedfellows

Here’s some news:  The American Civil Liberties Union says the Redskins are wrong, damned wrong — but they’ve got every right in the world to be that way. They even filed an amicus brief in the District Court in support of the Redskins’ right to be wrong.  Amicus briefs at the trial level are quite unusual. […]