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PN-G I.S.D. dismisses trademark troubles after federal agency revokes NFL team's trademark protections

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The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday to revoke Washington Redskins trademarks saying the logo is 'disparaging to Native Americans."

The NFL team plans to appeal.  If the ruling stands, the team will be allowed to continue using its name, however it will be more difficult for the Redskins organization to protect the financial interests connected to it.

It begs the question whether other sports teams with Native American mascots face similar futures. But a spokesperson for the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District says the district has no reason to worry. 

The district does not have a trademark on its signature Indian logo. The spokesperson said doing so would become a burden on small business owners who choose to sell Indian merchandise. 

"We didn't want to hurt small businesses. For them to have to hire another person to attach the trademark labels to all these products could potentially put these people out of business," Superintendent Rodney Cavness, Ed.D. said. 

The district is also not worried about backlash over its mascot. PN-G was given the official seal of the Cherokee Nation in 1980, guaranteeing students the right to be called 'Indians.' 
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