The Supreme Court has struck down provisions of federal #trademark law barring disparaging trademarks that offend. We've been following the case of The Slants for years in our monthly newsletter, and it seems to have finally reached conclusion this week. The #SCOTUS found that the federal government violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment by refusing to register trademarks that officials consider disparaging. The Court concluded that "Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend."

This week's ruling could clear the path for the Washington Redskins to maintain their trademark rights in the name, REDSKINS, which the government canceled on the grounds that the mark is disparaging of Native Americans.
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