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Government Decides to Continue Fight Over ‘Fuct’ Trademark (1)

Sept. 10, 2018, 2:38 PMUpdated: Sept. 10, 2018, 8:29 PM

The Patent and Trademark Office wants the U.S. Supreme Court to save a law banning federal registration of scandalous and immoral trademarks.

The office has filed its appeal in Iancu v. Brunetti, opposing a ruling allowing fashion designer Erik Brunetti to register his “Fuct” fashion brand as a trademark.

The Fuct trademark meets the requirement of a scandalous and immoral mark, which is prohibited under federal trademark law, it said. A federal appeals court was wrong to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing disparaging trademarks to the Brunetti case, the PTO argued in its Sept. 7 filing.

The ...