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The Supreme Court hears arguments on constitutionality of denying registrations for “disparaging” trademarks

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments this Wednesday in a case involving a federal trademark application filed by the Oregon band “The Slants.” As discussed in an earlier post, The Slants’ application for a trademark registration for the name of their band was denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) because […]

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OREGON IP / Supreme Court / Trademark

Supreme Court to consider Oregon band’s right to register “disparaging” name

The Oregon band “The Slants” has been trying to obtain a federal trademark registration for their name since 2011. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has repeatedly denied that registration, finding the name disparaging to persons of Asian descent. By statute, the PTO refuses trademark registrations that: Consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, […]

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