supreme_court.jpgIPNews® – The trademark battle over the rock band name “The Slants” may open the floodgates of “disparaging” trademarks being federally registered.  An appeals court has held that not granting such trademarks federal trademark protection is a first amendment violation. 

This ruling is likely to impact the Washington Redskins pending litigation in which the Redskins trademark was canceled as being disparaging to native Americans.  To continue reading, click: The Slants win, Ban on Disparaging Trademarks and Washington Redskins Ruling Now in Doubt