Redskins owner 'thrilled' over Supreme Court's trademark decision

Source: The Hill | June 19, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomsen

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said on Monday that he is “thrilled” that the Supreme Court struck down a provision that had resulted in the team’s trademark being canceled.

“I am THRILLED! Hail to the Redskins,” Snyder said in a statement, CSN Mid-Atlantic reported.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the band The Slants earlier in the day, finding that a clause that blocked the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) from registering trademarks that may disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute any person violated the First Amendment.

The PTO canceled the Redskins trademark in 2014, saying the team’s name and logo offended Native Americans.

The Redskins had asked the Supreme Court to take its case challenging the PTO’s decision, but justices refused. The case is now before a federal appeals court. 

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