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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