Supreme Court Strikes Down Rule Banning Offensive Trademarks
Monday, 19 June 2017 A rule denying trademark protection for terms deemed to be offensive was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling issued on Monday. The justices ruled that part of a federal law denying trademarks that disparage individuals, institutions, beliefs or national symbols violates the First Amendment.
In a decision that could benefit the NFL's Washington Redskins, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a federal prohibition on disparaging trademarks as a constitutional violation in a major free speech ruling involving a band called The Slants. Colette Luke reports.