Roger Goodell
Washington Redskins trademark registration canceled
Washington Redskins trademark registration canceled

The Washington Redskins once wore a circled R on their helmets. Now the NFL team might be without a circled R — as in registered trademark — on its logo. The push to persuade the Redskins to change their nickname entered a new phase Wednesday, as the federal government officially stepped into the fight. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark registration of the Redskins, calling the nickname "disparaging to Native Americans." Federal trademark law prohibits names or logos that "may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute." The case, which was brought before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans and...