Analysis

These 10 Decisions Remade The Trademark Landscape

Law360 (July 17, 2020, 7:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court churned out a slew of trademark and copyright decisions this term, but the most important rulings of the last decade were more often issued by lower courts. Here, Law360 ranks the blockbuster decisions, at the high court and beyond, that shaped trademark law into what it is today.

10. Twentieth Century Fox v. Empire Distribution

The Ninth Circuit's 2017 ruling re-affirmed, and perhaps expanded, the idea that the First Amendment protects the mostly unfettered use of trademarks in expressive works.

Citing free speech concerns, courts have made it nearly impossible to sue over the use of trademarks...

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