PTO Tells Supreme Court Ban On Disparaging Marks Not Unconstitutional

Mealey's (July 28, 2016, 3:35 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals incorrectly held that the disparagement provision in 15 U.S. Code Section 1052(a) is invalid and unconstitutional under the free speech clause of the First Amendment, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office argues in a July 12 reply brief to the U.S. Supreme Court (Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Simon Shiao Tam, No. 15-1293, U.S. Sup.).

(Petitioner’s reply brief available. Document #78-160801-002B.)

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