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Opinion: Fear, vice and loathing in the law

By Relani Belous

The trademark world is increasingly affected by the wider political environment, with one current fear being the acceptance of false evidence as reality and the way that legislators can shape the commercial world in which brands operate

Many of the laws that we in the United States have on the books today, and had in days gone by, have stemmed from fear. The Patriot Act, insurance regulations, prohibition, drug regulation, immigration law and even the so-called ‘three-fifths compromise’ all originate from some sort of fear and sense of imminent necessity, such as flood insurance sales on the Gulf Coast.

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