Jason Rosenberg, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Trademark & Copyright Group, was quoted in a Washington Post article titled “7 questions everyone’s asking about the Redskins trademark.”
The article reviews the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the Redskin’s trademark registration and what the move means for the team.
According to Rosenberg, the trademark agency’s order is a huge public-relations blow—but it doesn’t really change the underlying dynamics between the Redskins and would-be trademark infringers.
“It does not prevent [the team] from using the mark, nor does it prevent other people from using the mark,” he said. “It just won’t be based on any federal rights they’ve acquired, but on common law rights.”
“If you wanted to open a Redskins café tomorrow thinking their registration has been canceled – no,” he said.