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Supreme Court says trademark law is FUCT up; violates First Amendment

In a huge victory for clothing designer Erik Brunetti and free speech, on Monday, June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States (Court) struck down part of the Lanham Act that bans trademarking names and logos that are "immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter." The case involved a dispute over a trademark application filed back in 2011 for the clothing line "FUCT" (pronounced as the individual letters F-U-C-T). The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register the trademark for the brand stating that the mark was a vulgar term and was banned from registration under section...

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