June 24, 2019 / 2:20 PM / 25 days ago

U.S. Supreme Court invalidates law banning foul language trademarks

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a longstanding U.S. ban on trademarks on “immoral” or “scandalous” words and symbols, ruling in a case involving a clothing brand with an indelicate name that the law violates constitutional free speech rights.

The justices ruled against President Donald Trump’s administration, which defended the law that had been in place since 1905, and in favor of Los Angeles streetwear designer Erik Brunetti, who was turned down by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when he sought to trademark his brand name FUCT.

Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham

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