Matal v. Tam: The Supreme Court Rejects the Prohibition on Disparaging Trademarks

By: Sean Detweiler and Bianca Sena On Monday June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Trademark Office’s denial of registration for “disparaging” trademarks under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional. The case, Matal v. Tam (previously known as Lee …

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