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The Latest: Redskins owner says he's thrilled with ruling

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/19/2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on offensive trademarks. (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he's "thrilled" about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the disparagement clause in trademark law.

The unanimous opinion the court gave Monday to a case involving the rock band "The Slants" is expected to set a positive precedent for the Redskins.

The court has ruled the government can't refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.

Redskins lawyer Lisa Blatt says, "The Supreme Court vindicated the team's position that the First Amendment blocks the government from denying or cancelling a trademark registration based on the government's opinion."

The NFL declined comment.


10:07 a.m.

The Supreme Court says the government can't refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.

The ruling Monday is a win for an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and it gives a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.

The justices said part of a law that bars the government from registering disparaging trademarks violates free speech rights.

The Slants tried to trademark the name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that the name disparages Asians. A federal appeals court in Washington later said the law barring offensive trademarks is unconstitutional.

The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office canceled the team's trademark in 2015.

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