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Posts Tagged ‘disparaging trademarks’

Are You Offended?: Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

January 17th, 2019

Not every name or brand is eligible for federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). One of the reasons the USPTO might reject an application to register a trademark is because the trademark is considered offensive.

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What Makes a Trademark Disparaging?

July 2nd, 2015

U.S. trademark law extends benefits and protections to the owners of registered trademarks, but not every name or brand identity is eligible for registration, as evidenced by controversies involving organizations such as the Washington Redskins.

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