Federal Circuit Deems Disparagement Provision Unconstitutional
(December 23, 2015, 10:03 AM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Lanham Act’s prohibition, codified at 15 U.S. Code Section 1052(a) (Section 2[a]), on the registration of “scandalous, immoral, or disparaging” trademarks is unconstitutional, a deeply divided, en banc Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 22 (In re: Simon Shiao Tam, No. 14-1203, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 22300).
(Decision available. Document #16-160105-012Z.)
In so holding, the en banc majority of Circuit Judges Kimberly A. Moore, Sharon Prost, Pauline Newman, Kathleen O’Malley, Evan J. Wallach, Richard G. Taranto, Raymond T....