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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