“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo," Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Washington Redskins, said in a statement Tuesday.
"We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal.
"This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board."
He said the team will "of course" appeal the ruling.
"This ruling ... simply addresses the team’s federal trademark registrations, and the team will continue to own and be able to protect its marks without the registrations," he said. "The registrations will remain effective while the case is on appeal."
He continued: "It is astounding that the petitioners did not submit any evidence regarding the Native American population during the relevant time frame, nor did they introduce any evidence or argument as to what comprises a substantial composite of that population thereby leaving it to the majority to make petitioner’s case have some semblance of meaning.
"The evidence in the current claim is virtually identical to the evidence a federal judge decided was insufficient more than ten years ago. We expect the same ultimate outcome here.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun