Redskins appeal trademark decision on team name

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Redskins appeal trademark decision on team name
FILE - This Aug. 7, 2014 file photo shows groundskeepers preparing the end zone for the NFL football preseason game between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The debate over the Washington Redskins nickname has been around for decades, usually as a flash-in-the-pan topic that pops up occasionally and disappears after a day or so. This time is different. The campaign against the term many consider to be a racial slur has reached sustained, unprecedented momentum over the last 18 months and shows no signs of abating. A confluence of events _ and several missteps by team owner Dan Snyder _ has made the issue a topic du jour. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins #99 of the Washington Redskins waits to be introduced before playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Kicker Zach Hocker #4 of the Washington Redskins kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Defensive end Chris Baker #92 of the Washington Redskins looks into the stands after playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Larry Mooney poses for a portrait displaying his eyes in the back of his head tattoo during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - August 7: Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with his quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III (10) and Kirk Cousins (8) during a first half timeout against the New England Patriots on August 7, 2014 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: The Patriots surround teammate Jerod Mayo (#51) on the ground with the ball after he intercepted a pass in the final minute of the game. Washington WR Jabar Gaffney is at right. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Fans cheer as the Patriots from left to right, Matthew Slater, Kevin Faulk, and Deion Branch head onto the field for pre game warmups. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reaches for fans' hands as he leaves the field after an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The Redskins defeated the Patriots 23-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, jokes with strong safety Brandon Meriweather after an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The Redskins defeated the Patriots 23-6. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms loses control of the ball in the end zone on a hit from Washington Redskins defensive back Chase Minnifield during the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson breaks free from New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) and scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LANDOVER MD - DECEMBER 8: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith (11) is taken down by Washington inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) in the red zone on a 4th quarter Chief's touchdown drive as the Kanas City Chiefs defeat the Washington Redskins 45 - 10 at FedEx Field in Landover MD, December 8, 2013. ( Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden smiles as he watches during the second half of the Redskins' NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins NFL football team's Santana Moss (89) signs autographs with Kaya Todd, 9, right, and Devin Wright, 7, after a joint practice with he New England Patriots in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay Paul)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as he high fives some fans after the New England victory. Gronkowski set a new NFL record for touchdown passes in a season by a tight end in the game. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins on Thursday formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise's attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.

The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and that it "points out the many errors" in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 on June 18 to cancel six uses of "Redskins" trademarked from 1967 to 1990, saying the name is "disparaging of Native Americans."

"We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision," Redskins lawyer Bob Raskopf said in the team's statement.

The team had previously said it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so. The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts, a process that could take years. A similar ruling by the trademark board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.

The Redskins say they will ask the court to consider "serious constitutional issues," including whether the ruling penalizes the Redskins' right of free speech and whether the team has been unfairly deprived of "valuable and long-held intellectual property rights."

The Redskins have been under sustained pressure to defend the name over the last 18 months, with major political, church and sports figures joining Native Americans in saying it should be changed.

Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, calling it a "badge of honor."

Redskins appeal trademark decision on team name
Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you.
The fruits of genocide? "@Redskins Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you."
The #RedskinsPride effort is going over almost as well as #AskEmmert.
Dakota 38 were called redskins b4 largest mass hanging in us history. No #redskinspride here @SenatorReid http://t.co/Bdfi8eJ1nM
There's no pride in genocide #RedskinsPride
my grandfather used to insist there was nothing wrong with the DC football team name. his political opinions were pretty bad. #RedskinsPride
#redskinspride carrying on the tradition of a racist name because the owner has daddy issues and can't give up his childhood memories
Pretty sure it means 'We're racists.' “@Redskins: Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you.”
#RedskinsPride because keeping the tshirt in my closet accurate is much more important than whole races of people
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