January 21, 2020

Washington Redskins: President Bruce Allen’s Statement on Judge’s Trademark Decision

Today a federal judge ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registration. Below you can find Redskins’ Presidents Bruce Allen’s statement in response of the decision.

I am surprised by the judge’s decision to prevent us from presenting our evidence in an open trial. We look forward to winning on appeal after a fair and impartial review of the case. We are convinced that we will win because the facts and the law are on the side of our franchise that has proudly used the name Redskins for more than 80 years.

The ruling does not force the Redskins to change their team name and they could sue on grounds of trademark infringement that Allen maybe be hinting at in his remarks. However, it will be difficult winning such a case because they lack the protections that come associated with a federally registered trademark.

Federal District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee’s ruling affirms the earlier decision by an administrative appeal board. You can find a full transcript of Lee’s opinion attached: Pro-Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse Opinion

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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