• The Washington Redskins: Controversy and Potential Issues on Your Campus
  • July 15, 2014 | Author: Todd R. Hambidge
  • Law Firm: Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP - Nashville Office
  • Challenges to the use of potentially objectionable terms by organizations has hit the headlines once again with the recent U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to cancel certain federal trademark registrations held by the Washington Redskins. Native American groups have also recently threatened legal action to address the Cleveland Indians team name and mascot, "Chief Wahoo." Names, logos, and terms perceived as objectionable, however, are not limited to professional sports teams and their mascots. Other organizations have confronted similar challenges, and the challenges presented are often more complicated than they first seem.