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Eric C. Christu,left, and Jodi-Ann Tillman,right, of Shutts & Bowen. Eric C. Christu,left, and Jodi-Ann Tillman,right, of Shutts & Bowen.

There are many different opinions on whether the Washington Redskins NFL football franchise should change its long-standing name, with fans on both sides of the issue. But for fans of trademark law, there is an interesting legal issue brewing. Although the possibility of a team name change has been circulating for years, it doesn’t seem as if the Team has had any public plans for succession, or at least they did not take any steps to secure the ownership rights to use some of the more likely or more popular replacement names that have been circulating.

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Kristie Rearick

Kristie Rearick is the magazines and publications editor at The Legal Intelligencer. She handles contributed content for the newspaper. Contact her [email protected]

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