Supreme Court to Slants: “Rock On!” Trademark Ban on Offensive Trademarks Held Unconstitutional

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On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously held that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the provision of federal trademark law barring registration of disparaging trademarks, violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause when applied to potentially disparaging or offensive trademarks.

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