Redskins Expect to Win Appeal: 'We've Seen This Story Before'

Redskins Expect to Win Appeal: 'We've Seen This Story Before'
On Wednesday, Bob Raskopf, the Redskins’ trademark attorney, said the team expects to win its appeal of the Patent Office’s ruling to cancel the team’s trademark and emphasized that the trademarks will still be effective during the process.

“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo,” he said in a statement issued by the team. “We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal.”

He said the case is “no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board” and said the dissenting opinion correctly stated that “‘the same evidence previously found insufficient to support cancellation’ here ‘remains insufficient’ and does not support cancellation.”

“The evidence in the current claim is virtually identical to the evidence a federal judge decided was insufficient more than ten years ago,” he said. “We expect the same ultimate outcome here.”