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USPTO Heads To High Court Over 'Scandalous' Trademarks

Law360 (September 7, 2018, 8:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to reinstate a federal ban on the registration of "scandalous" trademarks, which an appeals court ruled unconstitutional in 2017.

The U.S. Supreme Court could consider a request to restore a ban on the registration of "scandalous" trademarks. (AP) The agency’s appeal came a little over a year after the justices ruled that a more famous ban on “disparaging” trademarks — words like “Redskins" — violated the First Amendment. That ruling was followed quickly by a December decision by the Federal Circuit striking down the "scandalous"...

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