Morally questionable trade marks: why the US and Europe see things differently – Technology Law Update

Posted June 28th, 2017 in EC law, news, trade marks by sally

‘In a landmark ruling last week, the US Supreme Court held that the rule against disparaging trademarks in the Lanham Act is unconstitutional under the First Amendment right to free speech. The case concerned an application by a rock band to register “THE SLANTS” (widely used as a slang, derogatory term for people of Asian descent) as a US Federal trademark. The band, themselves Asian American, were making a point, reclaiming a word that had been used against them as an insult. They certainly gained themselves some publicity along the way.’

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Technology Law Update, 27th June 2017