Supreme Court says law banning registration of ‘scandalous’ trademarks violates First Amendment

Updated 11:46 AM ET, Mon June 24, 2019

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court struck down Monday a provision of federal law that prohibits the registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks as a violation of the First Amendment.

The justices’ ruling clears the way for a clothing designer to apply for a federal trademark for his clothing line called FUCT.
The ruling, which was unanimous in part and 6-3 in part, could open the doors to more requests to register words or phrases that have been considered vulgar, a concern that the court’s minority feared.