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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Can The Secretary Of State Reject Disparaging Business Entity Names?

Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars the Patent and Trademark Office from registering scandalous, immoral, or disparaging marks. 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a).  However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting en banc recently held that the disparagement provision in Section 2(a) is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  In…

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