Fed. Circ. Puts USPTO In Hot Seat Over 'Disparaging' TM Rule

Law360, Washington (October 2, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT) -- In a case that could impact the Washington Redskins' parallel dispute, an en banc Federal Circuit grilled U.S. Patent and Trademark Office attorneys Friday over the Lanham Act ban on offensive trademarks, reminding them that copyrights are not subject to the same restrictions.

The Federal Circuit heard arguments Friday in a case that was brought by members of a band of Asian Americans called The Slants, who were denied a trademark registration on their name in light of Lanham Act Section 2a, which bars registrations that "disparage" a group of people. (Credit: Law360) Considering the appeal of an Asian-American band that...

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