The Court has just ruled in Matal v. Tam (effectively the Trademark Office v. Tam) that trademarks cannot be cancelled for being disparaging. Tam is an Asian-American musician who wanted to trademark their band, "The Slants." The trademark office rejected it under a clause in the Lanham Act which allows for the rejection of trademarks that are "disparaging" based on a variety of factors. Tam argued the clause was a violation of the First Amendment, and the Court agrees.
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Snyder et al had their trademark revoked under this same disparagement clause a while back. They sued, but their case has been put on hold pending the Supreme Court's decision here; with this ruling, it is almost assured that Snyder and Washington will regain their trademark rights.
Submitted June 19, 2017 at 10:15AM by mden2013
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