商標登録insideNews: Justices keep it clean in debate over FUCT trademark – CNNPolitics

Several members of the Supreme Court expressed skepticism Monday over the breadth of a federal law that forbids the registration for “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks.

情報源: Justices keep it clean in debate over FUCT trademark – CNNPolitics

Is a clothing line called “FUCT” entitled to trademark protection? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said no. Now the Supreme Court must decide.

情報源: Supreme Court Dances Around The F-Word In Case About “FUCT” Trademark : NPR

商標登録insideNews: US Supreme Court to Decide if Trademark Protection Can be Denied to ‘Scandalous’ Brands | Valley News

trademark protection can be refused to brands that the federal government finds vulgar or lewd.The case involves a decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny trademark registration to a clothing line called FUCT.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down the century-old ban on protecting “scandalous” and “immoral” trademarks as a First Amendment violation, and the Department of Justice wants the Supreme Court to reverse the decision.

情報源: Valley News – Supreme Court to Decide if Trademark Protection Can be Denied to ‘Scandalous’ Brands

商標登録insideNews: Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates the First Amendment – The Washington Post

The federal government has violated the First Amendment by refusing to register trademarks that officials consider disparaging, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in a decision that provides a boost to the Washington Redskins’ efforts to hang on to the team’s controversial name.

情報源: Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates the First Amendment – The Washington Post

コメント:米国最高裁は表現の自由の観点から、審査官が”軽蔑する”というような判断をすることが違憲としています。NFLのワシントン・レッドスキンズは、長らく先住民を蔑視するチーム名となり得るとして報道されていましたが、そこからは解放されそうです。

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been deemed racially disparaging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

情報源: Supreme Court sides with The Slants, rules ban on offensive names is unconstitutional | Fox News

商標登録insideNews:「アジア人中傷」バンド名(Slants)訴訟、米最高裁へ