August 30, 2017 / 7:11 PM / a year ago

Court likely to lift ban on vulgar trademarks after 'Slants' ruling

A federal appeals court on Tuesday appeared likely to rule that the U.S. government may not refuse to register “scandalous” trademarks, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision from June that struck down a similar ban on disparaging trademarks.

A panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit indicated at an oral argument that they are likely to allow fashion designer Erik Brunetti to trademark his brand name “FUCT,” saying that the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s Office’s refusal to register trademarks for profanity and graphic sexual images likely violates the First Amendment.

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