The Washington Redskins got a big boon to its fight to keep its trademarks after a Supreme Court ruling for a rock band.
On Monday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Asian-American band, The Slants, whose trademark was denied by the USTPO because it deemed the name to be disparaging to Asian-Americans, the Washington Post reported.
NEW: SCOTUS strikes down part of law banning offensive trademarks; expected to help Washington Redskins’ legal fight https://t.co/URZ6tZlL3F pic.twitter.com/fh2wH7Ea2i
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017
The court ruled that the denial was a violation of “a bedrock 1st Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote in the unanimous 8-0 decision.
Justice Neil Gorsuch did not rule on the case as he was not on the court when the case was argued.
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“We have said time and time again that the ‘public expression of ideas may not be prohibited merely because the ideas are themselves offensive to some of their hearers,’” Justice Alito wrote.
The decision is seen as a victory for the Washington Redskins football team, who had its trademark revoked by the USTPO because it deemed it disparaging toward Native Americans.
BREAKING: #SCOTUS says law that barred the Washington Redskins from registering their name as a trademark is unconstitutional. pic.twitter.com/Gpe8Wgnj5u
— Jimmy Hoover (@JimmyHooverDC) June 19, 2017
Hail to the #Redskins – #SCOTUS nixes law denying trademark protection that disparages people; law had denied the #NFL team its #trademark
— Tom Frank (@ByTomFrank) June 19, 2017
This is huge win for a tiny band that fought all the way to the SCOTUS, but it’s an even bigger win for the Washington Redskins.
— Bill Donahue (@BDonahueLaw360) June 19, 2017
This ruling means that liberals who wanted the Redskins to change their name can STFU.
The Slants #SCOTUS The Supreme Court
— Patrick Henry (@FightNowAmerica) June 19, 2017
SCOTUS rules Trademark Office can’t bar trademarks due to disparaging names. Favorable for Redskins, who have argued for this result.
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) June 19, 2017
SCOTUS: The Slants & Redskins win; govt can’t deny full trademark protection to allegedly racially offensive marks https://t.co/RT0OT5W2nh
— Nattie Roman (@TsarKastik) June 19, 2017
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