25 January 2016Trademarks

USPTO: ‘The Slants’ decision extends to scandalous and immoral TMs

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has said an appeal court’s decision to strike out the disparagement provision in the Lanham Act by ruling in favour of US band The Slants also wipes out provisions barring the registration of scandalous and immoral trademarks.

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11 August 2015   The Redskins and the Slants cases, which centre on whether potentially offensive words can be trademarked, are making their way through the US courts, with the First Amendment likely to play a part. WIPR reports.
11 May 2015   More than half of respondents to a WIPR survey have said that the US Patent and Trademark Office was right to reject trademark applications on the grounds that they were “disparaging”.