Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/10/13

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21: (C) Bruce Allen, the new general manager of the Washington Redskins, talks on the field before the game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. Allen replaces Vinny Cerrato, who resigned last week. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
On Thursday March 7, 2013, the Redskins general manager Bruce Allen attended a hearing before three judges of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board about whether the team name should be deemed a racial slur. A Native American Activist Group provided their case to prove to the board panel at the U.S. Patent Office that the team name was offensive to American Indians and is a slur that should not be trademarked. The U.S. Patent Office last granted the Redskins trademark rights back in 2003. The decision made by the U.S. Patent Office board will not be released for another few months.Overall, if this activist group wins the trial against Dan Snyder and the Redskins, the Redskins will not be allowed to trademark their team name. The impact of this does not necessarily result in a mandated name change. It does however have broad reaching impact on the marketing rights. Basically, if the activist group wins this Patent Trial, anyone can sell and recreate Redskins paraphernalia with no risk...
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