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Race, Journalism and Sports: The Dilemma of the Washington NFL Team Name
Trademark attorney Stephen R. Baird will speak on “Race, Journalism and Sports: The Dilemma of the Washington NFL Team Name” at the 2015 National Native Media Conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 11, 2015.  

News organizations across the country have wrestled with the question of how to handle the name of Washington D.C.’s professional football team. Dozens of outlets and several prominent broadcasters have taken a public stance against the name, widely regarded as a slur but embraced by the team’s fans and football fans nationwide. 

Baird will analyze and review the federal court’s recent ruling in favor of Native American plaintiffs calling for the cancellation of the team's trademark registrations under the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The ruling is not only a victory for the plaintiffs and Native Americans across the country, but also for Baird who is the architect that designed the legal theory, and brought and won the first such case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board back in the mid-90s.   

Baird has more than 20 years of experience in trademark law. As chair of Winthrop & Weinstine’s intellectual property group, he counsels clients on significant trademark matters, including trademark registration, litigation, and enforcement.  He has been listed as a Super Lawyer® every year for more than a decade, he is a top 100 Super Lawyer® in Minnesota, and he has been twice named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, most recently in 2013.  Baird is also recognized in the World Trademark Review 1000 for his distinction in the fields of trademark prosecution and strategy and trademark enforcement and litigation.  He regularly blogs about trademarks, marketing, and advertising through Winthrop & Weinstine’s award-winning DuetsBlog. In the short span of five years, DuetsBlog, designed to bridge the gap between legal and marketing types, has been recognized as one of the top twenty-five IP blogs of all time throughout the world.  
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