SCOTUS Rules Trademark Law Banning Offensive Names Is Unconstitutional

posted by The INSIDER - 

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been deemed racially disparaging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In an 8-0 ruling, the court determined the law’s so-called “disparagement clause” violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

The case centered on Oregon-based, Asian-American band The Slants, which was denied a trademark because its name was considered offensive. The band countered that the 70-year-old law at issue violates free-speech rights --  and Justice Samuel Alito, in the court’s opinion, agreed.

Read more at FoxNews.com

The Insider

The Insider

Want to know more about The Insider? Get their official bio, social pages and articles on Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM!

title

Content Goes Here