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IP Alert: Supreme Court Rules Barring Registration of "Disparaging" Trademarks Unconstitutional

June 19. 2017

Today, in Matal v. Tam, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the provisions of the Lanham Act that bars the registration of offensive or disparaging trademarks is unconstitutional. This highly anticipated decision is not only a victory for The Slants, an Asian-American band and the subject of today’s case, but also appears to be a victory for the Washington Redskins football team, which is battling a similar trademark issue in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fitch Even attorneys are reviewing the opinion of the Court, and further information will be posted in a subsequent alert.


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