25 June 2019Trademarks

Iancu v Brunetti: A marker in the moral policing of IP, say lawyers

Lawyers have welcomed the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ban on scandalous and disparaging marks, after the court found yesterday, June 24, that it violated the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

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