Federal appeals court vacates decision to cancel Washington Redskins' trademark

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday vacated [text, PDF] the judgment of the district court that had canceled the Washington Redskins’ [official website] trademark registrations. The judgment vacated the holding in Pro Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse [order], which stated that “Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act [text, PDF] does not implicate the First Amendment…[and] the federal trademark registration program is a government speech and is therefore exempt from First Amendment scrutiny.” The Fourth Circuit’s decision…

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