The Slants Win Best Court Warfare Over Band’S Name In Trademark Dispute : The Two-Manner : Npr

The Slants Win Supreme Court Battle Over Band’s Name In Trademark DisputeMembers of the rock band The Slants have the right to call themselves by a disparaging name, the Supreme Court says, in a ruling that could have broad impact on how the First Amendment is applied in other trademark cases.
On Monday, the Supreme Court sided with The Slants.
As NPR’s Nina Totenberg has reported, “the trademark office has denied registration to a group calling itself “Abort the Republicans,” and another called “Democrats Shouldn’t Breed.
After a federal court agreed with Tam and his bands, the Patent and Trade Office sued the band to avoid being compelled to register its name as a trademark.
“The disparagement clause violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion for the court.

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