Offensive TMs At High Court: Everything You Need To Know

By Bill Donahue (January 17, 2017, 9:38 PM EST) -- The highest-profile trademark case in years will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, pitting a rock band and a billion-dollar football team against the federal government — and the First Amendment against laws limiting offensive speech. To get you up to speed, here's everything you need to know.

What's at issue here?

The justices are weighing the Lanham Act's Section 2a, which bars the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from registering any trademark that "may disparage" people — namely, whether the provision violates the First Amendment rights of those who want to register such offensive words as trademarks....

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