Supreme Court Rules That Government Cannot Ban Offensive Trademarks

SCOTUS Trademark

In a greatly-anticipated decision (particularly by the Washington Redskins), the Supreme Court ruled today that the U.S. government cannot refuse federal registration of an offensive trademark, holding that such a restriction violates the First Amendment.  The decision was a significant victory for not only Simon Tam (respondent in the case) and his band, The Slants, …

Turns out: Alice is a Wonderland for Sports Fans and Digital Content Distributors….Go ALICE!!!!

Turns out: Alice is a Wonderland for Sports Fans and Digital Content Distributors….Go ALICE!!!!

In November of 2016, the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s invalidation of Affinity Lab’s Patent No. 7,970,379 (“the ‘379 Patent), which was directed to a method and system for streaming regional broadcast signals to cellular telephones located outside the region served by the regional broadcaster.  Affinity had sued a variety of defendants, including DirecTV, …

Copyright or Wrong: The Debate Over the Financial Benefits in Collegiate Sports is Not a Slam Dunk.

College athletics, specifically the payment of student athletes and their right to control the exploitation of their likeness, has been the subject of significant debate over the last few years.  On one side, you have the players who know that the colleges and leagues they play in make millions, if not billions in revenues off …

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