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VULGAR AND SCANDALOUS TRADEMARKS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT!

THE "SLANTS" Decision of 2017
In 2017, the US Federal Court  decision in Matal v. Tam (i.e., the "Slants case") (see our previous Post) ruled that  the ban on  registration of disparaging trademarks under § 2(a) of the Lanham Act (Trademark Act) was  an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.   Recently, the  US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit took up a similar constitutionality question. The bar on registration of tradem

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DOMAIN NAMES AND TRADEMARKS

BUILD A GREAT  BRAND ONLINE, BUT DON'T FORGET  YOUR TRADEMARK! 

GOT A GREAT BRAND?

Choosing a good brand name for a website can be a huge challenge, especially since every top level domain you want seems to be taken already.  But once you find and purchase a perfect domain, don't use it right out of the gate.

TRADEMARK IT!

Spend some more time and effort to make sure your domain/brand is legally protectable. A registered trademark is essential to build and maintain true brand valu

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RUSH TO FILE DISPARAGING TRADEMARKS?

Racially offensive trademark applications are piling up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   The Supreme Court decided in March that  the federal government couldn't ban trademarks because they are disparaging.
The Supreme Court struck down part of the Trademarks Act that bans offensive (disparaging) trademarks.  The ruling is expected to help the  Washington Redskins in their legal fight to keep the team name as a registered trademark.   The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law infringes on free speech rights.


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