'Stop Islamisation' Mark Disparages Muslims, USPTO Rules

Law360, New York (February 11, 2013, 8:05 PM EST) -- A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel on Thursday rejected a conservative activist's bid to register a trademark on the phrase "Stop the Islamisation of America," finding that it is disparaging to Muslims.

Pamela Geller, known for sponsoring controversial ads highly critical of Islam in the public transit systems of several U.S. cities, had sought to register the phase for "providing information regarding understanding and preventing terrorism."

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board affirmed an examiner's rejection of the registration, citing a provision of the Trademark...
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