The USPTO has cancelled six of the trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins on the ground that the registrations were obtained contrary to Section 2(a), 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), which prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute.
[Obviously, this will put Dan Snyder and the NFL in an interesting position since it is very difficult to promote a brand lacking vital intellectual property protections. Not sure that the NFL minds this decision, though, since the USPTO has essentially taken the decision of whether to force Snyder to change the team name out of Snyder's hands. To the people who wanted to keep the team name, the USPTO, and not the NFL, is now the "bad guy".] EDIT: This is all wrong according to a dog with a Michigan football hat who claims to be a lawyer, since this decision wouldn't really prevent the Redskins from protecting their name/logo/etc under other Federal/State laws.