Resdkins file appeal on trademark decision

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Redskins have appealed the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal board to cancel the team's federal trademark registrations.

The Redskins referred to the appeal as a 'complaint' as to start new litigation. The complaint is to be heard by a federal judge instead of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Bob Raskopf, the trademark attorney for the Washington Redskins said in a statement Thursday that: "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."

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Rapskopf said that "The Washington Redskins look forward to all of the issues in the case being heard in federal court under the federal rules of evidence. The team is optimistic that the court will correctly and carefully evaluate the proofs, listen to the arguments, and confirm the validity of the Washington Redskins' federal trademark registrations, just as another federal court has already found in a virtually identical case".

The Redskins maintain their trademark registrations while the case is in federal court.

Read more about the Trademark Trial and Appeal's decision to revoke the trademark here:


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