Justices Won't Tackle Generic Religious Trademarks

Law360 (April 29, 2019, 2:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to tackle a case about when courts should rule that religious names like "Universal Church” are too generic to be afforded trademark protection.

The justices denied a petition for certiorari filed last month by the Universal Church Inc. — a group that was refused trademark protection on its name after a lower court ruled that it was merely a generic term.

The group had warned the justices that the lower court had used a “religion-specific" test that would subject church groups to “a uniquely stringent standard that divests them of trademark protection.”

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