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Scandalous trademarks: why SCOTUS ruling may lack bite

Ellie Mertens, New York


Despite the US Supreme Court’s finding that scandalous or immoral trademarks cannot be banned, lawyers say that the judgment’s impact may be limited in practice

In its June 24 Iancu v Brunetti decision, the US Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s 2017 ruling and found that the Lanham Act’s bar on registering immoral or scandalous marks is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech. As Managing...


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