Posts Tagged: scandalous


Prohibition of Immoral or Scandalous Trademarks Held Unconstitutional

In re Brunetti, the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) decision affirming a refusal to register the mark “FUCT” because it comprised immoral …

Ban on ‘Immoral” and ‘Scandalous’ Trademarks Ruled Unconstitutional

After Tam was decided without expressly finding Section 2(a) unconstitutional in its entirety, the Federal Circuit requested additional briefing on the impact of Tam to Brunetti. The …
By Michael Bernet
2 months ago 0

USPTO Navigates New Territory In The Wake of Matal v. Tam

The USPTO issued Examination Guide 01-17 on Monday, June 26, 2017, entitled “Examination Guidance for Section 2(a)’s Disparagement Provision after Matal v. Tam and Examination for Compliance with …

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door to Additional Constitutional Challenges to the Lanham Act

The Supreme Court ruled that the anti-disparagement clause in the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause in the First Amendment. Matal v. Tam. As a result, …
By Damian R LaPlaca
8 months ago 0

A Slanted View of Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in Lee v. Tam for January 18... The genesis of the case is a Portland, Oregon all-Asian-American band called The Slants, …
By Esther Sirotnik
1 year ago 0

Schedule I status for marijuana prompts TTAB to deny trademark registration for JUJU Joints

A decision to deny trademark registration for two marks to be used on marijuana related goods was handed down in late October by the USPTO’s Trademark …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

ABA files amicus brief in Lee v. Tam to correct errors in trademark law made by Federal Circuit

In the brief, the ABA takes no official opinion on whether the disparagement provisions of the Lanham Act are invalid in the face of constitutionally-protected free speech. …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3

Amid Cultural Debate on Political Correctness, Trademarks with Racial Overtones Look Set for Supreme Court

Two cases making their way through the Federal courts may force the Supreme Court to consider the issue of what sorts of trademarks should be considered “disparaging,” …

Offensive Trademark Applications Suspended by USPTO Until Supremes Rule on In re Tam

In anticipation of Supreme Court review of Tam, the Commissioner has issued an informal directive to trademark examiners that any application for a mark that is potentially …
By Ronald Abrams
2 years ago 11

It’s Pronounced Foo Koo

Each state has its own unique rules pertaining to trade names that are very close, if not identical, to the federal rules. It naturally follows, then, that …
By Beth Hutchens
6 years ago 3