PTO Takes Trademark Registration Ban Case To U.S. Supreme Court

Mealey's (April 28, 2016, 2:01 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on April 20 petitioned for the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn a ruling that declared unconstitutional the agency’s ban on “disparaging” trademarks (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.).

(Petition for writ of certiorari available. Document #78-160502-005B.)

In a deeply divided en banc decision, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 22, 2015, that...
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