June 18, 2014 9:51 AM

Patent office cancels Washington NFL team’s trademarks, calling nickname ‘disparaging’

The decision was hailed by some Native American groups and members of Congress who have pressured NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to force team owner Daniel Snyder to abandon the name. The board does not have the authority to ban the use of the term, and the registration of the trademark is likely to be held intact while the team appeals.

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