Supreme Court Decides Government Cannot Refuse Disparaging Trademarks
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Supreme Court Decides Government Cannot Refuse Disparaging Trademarks

On Monday, the Supreme Court said that the government cannot refuse to register trademarks considered to be offensive. The ruling is a win for the Asian-American rock band called the Slants and it also offers a boost to the separate legal fight over the name of the Washington Redskins. According to the justices, part of a law that bars the government from registering disparaging trademarks is in violation of free speech rights. The Slants tried to trademark their band name in 2011, however the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that the name disparages Asians. The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office canceled the team’s trademark in 2015.
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