Created: 06/18/2014 1:12 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six of the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations, ruling they "were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered."
According to NBC Washington, the team will not be required to change their name, but they will lose "several legal benefits associated with trademarks," like the ability to prevent anyone from selling counterfeit goods with Redskins' logos.
Five Native American petitioners brought the case to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2006.
The Redskins could file an appeal in federal court to reverse the ruling.
"The U.S. Patent Office took a positive step today toward the goal of changing the Washington, D.C. football team's name. Racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. Our tribal communities have always enhanced New Mexico's rich culture and traditions. It's past time for the football team to change its name," Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) said in a statement.
Last month, Heinrich and several other senators called on the NFL to formally endorse a name change of the Washington franchise.
Read more: NBC Washington