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Law on Offensive Trademarks Declared Unconstitutional

Law on Offensive Trademarks Declared Unconstitutional

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Monday that he is "thrilled" with the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of a trademark law that banned offensive terms, in what was hailed as a victory in the team's fight to keep its name. On Monday, the US top court threw out a federal ban on disparaging trademarks, saying it violated free speech rights....

A group of Asian-American musicians called The Slants brought the case to the Supreme Court. The First Amendment doesn't apply to "government speech", in which case the feds should be free to grant or deny trademarks based on offensiveness or "disparagement" as they see fit. But the office canceled the registrations in 2014 after finding the name disparaged Native Americans.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch did not hear the case, but all of the other justices ruled in Tan's favor.

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"If the federal registration of a trademark makes the mark government speech, the federal government is babbling prodigiously and incoherently", Alito said. ".Today the Supreme Court affirmed a core value of free speech: The government can not withhold a benefit in order to limit or punish what it perceives to be offensive speech". But the US Supreme Court has now decided in favour of The Slants.

The court ruled that calling trademarks government speech is far-fetched.

The appeals court ruling led the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to appeal to the Supreme Court with the argument that trademarks are government speech, not private speech, and trademarks should be considered either a form of government subsidy or a government program, but not a citizen's "free speech". Just recently, the Brooklyn-based band changed their name after being accused of using a slur for Inuit people. "This journey has always been much bigger than our band: it's been about the rights of all marginalized communities to determine what's best for ourselves".

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After a federal court agreed with Tam and his band, the Patent and Trademark Office sued to avoid being compelled to register its name as a trademark.

Tam took the case to federal court, where the relevant clause was struck down for violating the First Amendment.

The Redskins case is expected to resume now that The Slants ruling has been handed down. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government's benevolence. "It seems this decision will indeed open the floodgates to applications for all sorts of potentially offensive and hateful marks", said Lisa Simpson, an intellectual property lawyer in NY.

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Sava said he told Scalise's family that 'I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family'. The list of names reportedly included Alabama Rep Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep Trent Franks.

Monday's ruling likely means that the Redskins will not be stripped of their name and trademark.


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