Supreme Court Axes Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks

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By Kevin Daley

The Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning the registration of disparaging trademarks Monday, finding the law violates the First Amendment’s free speech clause.

The ruling, written by Justice Samuel Alito, says that trademarks are private, not government speech, and that the government may not curtail even offensive expression.

Holding that the registration of a trademark converts the mark into government speech would...

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