In re Tam

Opinion and Order Vacating Holding of TTAB that THE SLANTS Is Unregistrable Under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

Ronald Coleman
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Landmark ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional under the First Amendment to the extent that it prohibits the registration of "disparaging" trademarks, and vacating the holding of the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board which upheld the Patent and Trademark Office's refusal to register the trademark THE SLANTS for an Asian-American musical band.

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Reference Info: Decision | Federal, Federal Circuit, Patent | United States

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