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Donna M.D. Thomas: A new ‘Slant’ on the Redskins’ trademark case (access required)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a landmark decision last month holding that the prohibition on registration of “disparaging” trademarks under § 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. The ...

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Federal jury awards Baltimore tech company $28M in patent lawsuit (access required)

A federal jury Thursday has awarded more than $28 million in damages to a Baltimore-based hybrid technology company in a patent infringement suit against automakers Hyundai and Kia. The award for Paice LLC came following a seven-day trial in U.S. ...

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Editorial: Time to change the name (access required)

The federal agency doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue — the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Nor is it an entity that often finds itself enmeshed in a hot-button political dispute. Yet Wednesday’s ruling by the board to cancel the Washington Redskins football team’s trademark protection for its nickname, on the grounds that it is disparaging to Native Americans, has brought attention to the obscure agency and its work.

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