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Supreme Court Takes Up Case That Could Affect Redskins Trademark

Washington Redskins players applaud during a diversion opposite a New York Giants during MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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Washington Redskins players applaud during a diversion opposite a New York Giants during MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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The Supreme Court has motionless to hear a box that competence confirm either a supervision can repudiate Washington’s NFL group a heading since it has deemed a group name is offensive.

The justice postulated certiorari on Lee V. Tam. If we remember, The Slants, an Asian-American stone band, sued a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since it refused to heading their name observant it valid offensive.

In Dec of final year, a Court of Appeals for a Federal Circuit motionless that a band’s name was private debate and therefore stable by a First Amendment.

As we reported:

“At emanate in a box was Section 2(a) of a Lanham Act, that allows a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to repudiate or cancel a heading if it is “disparaging” of persons, institutions or inhabitant symbols.

“In a 10-2 decision, a justice motionless tools of that territory were unconstitutional. Conferring a trademark, a justice argues, does not make a band’s name supervision speech.

“Here’s a comparison a infancy uses: ‘The PTO’s estimate of heading registrations no some-more transforms private debate into supervision debate than when a supervision issues permits for travel parades, copyright registration certificates, or, for that matter, grants medical, hunting, fishing, or drivers licenses, or annals skill titles, birth certificates, or articles of incorporation.'”

The U.S. supervision appealed that preference and a Supreme Court has concluded to examination it.

A identical per a heading of a Washington Redskins is underneath examination by a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. But a Supreme Court preference in Lee V. Tam could settle that case.