William Watkins | Tuesday June 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM PDT | Comments Off on “The Slants” Win on Free Speech
In Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court handed down an important First Amendment decision. This case dealt with a band’s application for federal trademark registration of the band’s name, “The Slants.” The Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) denied the application based on 15 U.S.C. 1052(a), which prohibits the registration of trademarks that may “disparage ….
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