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Vulgar Clothing Trademark Deserves Legal Protection, Court Rules

Dec. 15, 2017, 11:05 PM

A U.S. appeals court ruled that “FUCT” can be trademarked, saying federal reviewers were wrong to deny that protection over the term’s vulgarity.

Following a recent Supreme Court ruling that trademark protection can be granted to disparaging marks, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Dec. 15 that immoral and scandalous ones can be registered too. The high court ruled that the law banning registration of such trademarks is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech.

The Patent and Trademark Office had denied the trademark registration to men’s fashion designer Erik Brunetti because it was a variation of ...