- Oct 15, 2002
I agree with your interpretation. It will be marginally more difficult for the Redskins to enforce TM rights if this holds up, but it doesn't spell doom for the exploitation of the mark. Trademark law's purpose is to reduce confusion in the marketplace, and therefore should work to protect the consuming public as much (or more) than the commercial enterprise. A judge might not like the Redskin's offensive mark, but the infringers won't be sympathetic parties either.