Posts Tagged: first amendment


Industry Reaction to SCOTUS First Amendment Decision in Matal v. Tam

Lauren Emerson, Baker Botts, LLP: "Today’s decision, while not surprising, is momentous, as any decision striking a longstanding legislative provision based on freedom of speech would …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
3 years ago 8

Supreme Court says disparagement clause violates the First Amendment Free Speech Clause

Earlier this morning the United States Supreme Court delivered a much-anticipated decision in Matal v. Tam, the trademark case that asks whether a disparaging trademark can be …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 37

Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give a Tam: The Oddball Consequences of In re Tam

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on the cloudy Wednesday morning of January 18, 2017. Although the Justices posed tough questions and intricate hypotheticals to both sides, the tone …

Federal Gag Orders Likely to Change

There is often a tension between the needs of law enforcement and the companies that collect and store the electronic data of individuals. Law enforcement may seek …
By Hanley Chew
3 years 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
3 years ago 0

Supreme Court to decide if disparagement provision in the Lanham Act is invalid under the First Amendment?

Based on the question presented in Lee v. Tam, the Supreme Court made clear that its grant of review is only as to the disparagement provision in …
By Eric Ball & Moira Lion
4 years ago 0

Supreme Court to Consider “Disparaging” Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to review a Federal Circuit ruling that held unconstitutional a law prohibiting registration of trademarks that “may disparage” people or …

SCOTUS takes case on disparaging trademark case involving Asian-American band The Slants

The USPTO, through its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), denied a standard character mark for “The Slants” to be used with live music performance entertainment on …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 6

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,” …

Statute Barring Registration of Disparaging Trademarks Upended

Tam appealed to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”), but the Board affirmed the Trademark Examiner’s refusal to register the mark. The Board found …

Unconstitutional – CAFC Rules PTO Cannot Deny Registration for Disparaging Trademarks

Yesterday the Federal Circuit in an en banc decision held that the portion of Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act, which bars federal registration for trademarks that …
By Brian Focarino
4 years ago 4

The ‘right to be forgotten,’ an EU regulation washing up on American shores

In June, authorities in France served a formal notice to Google that it must delete certain links from it’s Google.com domain on a legal basis …

Bad News for the Redskins Trademark – Registration Exempt from First Amendment Scrutiny

Last Wednesday the Eastern District of Virginia issued its opinion and order on cross-motions for summary judgment in Pro-Football v. Blackhorse, the case in which the National …
By Brian Focarino
5 years ago 1

The Right of Publicity: Cashing in on Being Famous

In part 2 of my interview with Kristina Dinerman we discuss how aggressive celebrities are becoming with respect to protecting their right of publicity in the age of …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Industry Insiders Reflect on Biggest Moments in IP for 2012

For this inaugural edition of ?Biggest Moments in IP? we have a variety of reflections on a wide array of IP issues. Former Commissioner for Patents Bob …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 2