This morning, the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments regarding the trademark application for THE SLANTS. The TTAB had denied registration of the mark as disparaging under Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act in a precedential opinion October of 2013. See TTAB opinion here.
The argument today touched on multiple issues, including First Amendment issues. Of course, the REDSKINS trademark registration cancellation decision from the TTAB has been appealed to a District Court in Virginia and the issues raised in that appeal also include the Constitution and first amendment.
The audio of today’s hearing in THE SLANTS case (In Re Tam) at the Federal Circuit can be heard here: