On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) had violated applicant Erick Brunetti’s First Amendment right to free speech by denying him federal registration of the mark “FUCT” for use in his clothing line. In Iancu v. Brunetti, the Court held the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the registration of trademarks that “consist of or comprise immoral or scandalous matter” as unconstitutional.Read more »
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SCOTUS: Free Speech Permits Registration of ‘Immoral or Scandalous’ Trademarks Posted on: June 25, 2019 In: Intellectual Property & Technology
Scabby the Rat Finally Gets Popped Posted on: March 22, 2019 In: Labor & Employment
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that a Wisconsin town did not violate a local union’s First Amendment rights when it required the union to remove a giant inflatable rat staked to a public highway median. The appellate court held the cities’ zoning ordinance, which banned all private signs on public rights-of-way, allowed the city to deflate the rat without running afoul of the First Amendment.Read more »
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