(June 20, 2017) The United States Supreme Court has found that the Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) prohibition against registering trademarks that may disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute any persons is unconstitutional.
The PTO denied registration for “The Slants” by a rock group comprised of Asians. The trademark was rejected by the PTO examining attorney because “slants” is a derogatory or offensive term to some Asians. The PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed.
The group’s leader said he ...Read More →