The Slants fail in bid to force USPTO to press ahead with trademark registration

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has turned down a request by dance rock band The Slants to force the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to publish the trademark for the band’s name for opposition. This follows a December 2015 appellate court ruling in In re Tam that the barring of US trademarks that are scandalous or immoral is unconstitutional.

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