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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” – The Slants

Posted in General Commentary, Litigation Commentary by Jake Ward on May 3, 2017

Attorney AJ Wenn of Ward Law Office had the distinct pleasure of meeting The Slants yesterday evening, at an event hosted by the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA).

The Slants are an Asian American band involved in the recent Supreme court case of Lee v. Tam. In this case, Simon Tam sought to register a trademark on his band name “The Slants.” The USPTO refused after finding that the mark is disparaging toward individuals of Asian ancestry. The case may determine the constitutionality of Section 52(a) of the Lanham Act, which prevents the federal registration of “disparaging” trademarks.

Congratulations to CIPLA for hosting an exciting and informational event!

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