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Implications of U.S. Supreme Court Justices' Comments During 'Slants' Trademark Dispute Oral Arguments

Nearly 70 years after it became law, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in January on whether §2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment. The case, Lee v. Tam, focuses on the provision that forbids registration of trademarks that "disparage" people, institutions, beliefs or national symbols.

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Nearly 70 years after it became law, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in January on whether §2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment. The case, Lee v. Tam, 15-1293, focuses on the provision that forbids registration of trademarks that “disparage” people, institutions, beliefs or national symbols. At one level the case is about Asian-American musician Simon Tam’s long-running effort to register his band The Slants. The case also could go a long way toward deciding the Washington Redskins’ dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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