Asian-American band fights trademark law's disparagement standard before SCOTUS

December 14, 2016
Douglas Gallagher
The Indiana Lawyer

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Douglas Gallagher was recently quoted in an Indiana Lawyer article about a case in which a rock band’s application to trademark their band name was denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The bass guitarist filed a lawsuit against the federal agency, claiming that the rejection of his application went against his First Amendment right to free speech. The dispute will now go to the Supreme Court on January 18, 2017. Attorney, Doug Gallagher, weighed in on the case, describing the importance of getting registration of a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as it provides blanket federal protection in all 50 states and over imported goods.

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