With apologies to Dr. Brewster Higley for changing the words to what would become the iconic folk song “Home on the Range,” a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has opened the door to registration of a category of trademarks that would previously have been refused as “disparaging.” While the wine industry has typically not pushed the boundaries of disparaging marks, this case has implications for marks that are considered “scandalous” or “immoral,” as well. Further, this decision could dramatically affect the way that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) reviews Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) applications.
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On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark trademark ruling in the case of Matal v. Tam. The case dealt with whether or not the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) could deny a trademark registration on the basis that the mark in question was deemed derogatory or insulting. While the case has implications for First Amendment jurisprudence generally, it is of specific importance to the craft beer community.
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