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Redskins' Lawyer Sees Quicker Resolution of Trademarks Case

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 11:38 AM

The Washington Redskins expect a legal case involving cancellation of the NFL team's trademarks will move more quickly than a previous case, which took nearly 11 years to conclude in the franchise's favor, a lawyer for the team said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal canceled six Redskins trademarks because they disparage Native Americans. The team has said it will appeal the ruling in federal court.

The team's trademark lawyer, Bob Raskopf, told Reuters the case would likely be resolved more quickly than the previous one involving a 1999 Patent Office tribunal ruling since the appeal would be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia rather than in Washington.

"It's known for the speedier resolutions. It's called the 'rocket docket.' They move cases quickly," Raskopf said.

A previous case took almost 11 years until the Supreme Court declined to hear it in 2009, with the Redskins retaining their trademarks, he said.

Raskopf said he had talked with team owner Dan Snyder about the case and Snyder wanted to move ahead with the appeal.

Snyder, who has faced criticism over the team name for the 14 years he has owned the Redskins, is "as optimistic as I am," Raskopf said.

The team wanted to win its appeal on the merits "so we can get rid of this case once and for all," he said. The earlier case was decided on a technical issue.

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The Washington Redskins expect a legal case involving cancellation of the NFL team's trademarks will move more quickly than a previous case, which took nearly 11 years to conclude in the franchise's favor, a lawyer for the team said on Thursday.
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