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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William Watkins | Monday May 15, 2017 at 3:51 PM PDT | Comments Off on Trinity Lutheran and a Response to Michael Stokes Paulsen and NRO
On May 3, The Wall Street Journal posted a short op-ed I wrote on the Trinity Lutheran case. (Sorry, but the op-ed is behind a pay wall; however, here is a blog post that gives some background to the case and my first impressions.) Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen, alleging I was “wrong on every...
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