Houston Asks Justices To Overturn City Seal Trademark Ban

Law360, Dallas (January 3, 2014, 6:40 PM EST) -- Houston recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision barring the city from trademarking its official seal, arguing a Federal Circuit ruling created an "absurd" result that runs counter to both public policy and the legislative intent behind the Lanham Act.

The city argues Section 2(b) of the Lanham Act — the United States' principal federal trademark law — must be read in conjunction with historical amendments to the act and should bar only private parties, not government entities like states and cities, from...
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