Activist blogger Pamela Geller decries the decision against her proposed trademark as “unconstitutional.”
A federal appeals court is letting stand a decision denying a trademark to a website’s banner because it could be perceived as disparaging to Muslims.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a 2011 decision from the US Patent and Trademark Office against “Stop Islamization of America”—a decision raising constitutional concerns.
It wasn’t the first time trademark regulators enforced a little-referenced section of law that allowed them to refuse issuing a trademark if it disparages the “living or dead” or institutions, beliefs, or national symbols or places them in “contempt, or disrepute.”
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