Fed. Circ. Orders USPTO To Explain 'Disparaging' TM Delay

Law360, New York (March 15, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to respond within a week to a petition that accused the agency of "ignoring" the court's December ruling striking down the government's ban on "disparaging" trademark registrations.

The per curiam order came just hours after attorneys for Oregon-based rock band The Slants filed a petition for a writ of mandamus with the appeals court, demanding an order that would legally require the USPTO to publish the band's trademark registration for "The Slants."

The order gave the agency until March 23 to respond to the petition.

The agency refused to...

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