Most people are familiar with the decades-long controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins’ name and the cancellation of its trademark registrations on the ground that the term REDSKINS is disparaging. One of the issues in that case questions the constitutionality of the prohibition against registration against disparaging terms. Although the Washington Redskins case has most famously addressed this issue, a recent decision involving a fairly unknown Asian American rock band, THE SLANTS, may prove to be the game changer.
What does the term "redskins" mean to you?
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In addition to Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time. Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.