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WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

The ruling announced Wednesday comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year.

The decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality because the courts decided that the plaintiffs were too old.

The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans. A hearing was held in March 2013.

Just like last time, the Redskins can retain their trademark protection during an appeal.

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    Whether we like it or not, the name will be changed. If not by the current ownership of the team, then the next owners. In fact when Mr. Snyder goes to sell the team, I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL attaches a condition that upon the sale the name must be changed. The league is growing weary of the bad PR this issue brings, and it’s not going away until it’s changed. The perfect solution would be to slap a picture of a potato on the side of the helmet and keep the name. Makes the Backwards Rednecks happy to still have the “Redskins” name and would appease the Mamby-Pamby Liberals by removing the Native American Iconography. Win-Win.

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