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U.S. Patent Office cancels trademarks of NFL's Redskins

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled trademarks of the National Football League's Washington Redskins because they disparage Native Americans, the agency said on Wednesday.

The 2-1 decision by a Patent Office administrative tribunal followed decades of criticism of the Washington club by Native Americans and others who say the name is a slur. The club said it would appeal the ruling.

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