Asian rock band tied to Redskins' trademark request to Supreme Court

2021年11月13日 by 没有评论

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null null The Washington Night net team does not want to lose its "Redskins" trademark and made an interesting request to the nation's highest court.The Redskins have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a July ruling that upheld the cancelation of their trademark, but only if the court hears a similar case involving Asian-American rock band "The Slants." MORE: Each team's most horrific first-round pick | Brees doesn't trust Goodell with investigationsThe team filed a petition Monday suggesting that its case should be heard alongside the case involving the Oregon-based band. The federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decided in 2014 the team's name was offensive to Native Americans, and stripped the team of  federal trademark protections. The board's decision, which was sustained last year by a federal judge, cited the 1946 Lanham Act, which states trademarks can be canceled if they "may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute."The United States Patent and Trademark Office refused to register a trademark for "The Slants" because the band's name was deemed offensive to Asians. Band founder Simon Tam appealed to the Supreme Court, and the Redskins believe their situation is "an essential and invaluable complement to" the Lee vs. Tam case. "If the Court grants certiorari in Tam, the Court also should grant this petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment," the 42-page petition reads in its closing.There is no guarantee the Supreme Court will hear either case.