In a case involving an attempt to register "The Slants," the high court will tackle whether the government's refusal can amount to viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.
Coming next term to the highest court in the country is a review of when it's appropriate -- if ever -- for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to refuse a trademark registration for being "scandalous, immoral or disparaging." On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving Simon Tam, the Asian-American frontman for The Slants.
Tam went to court after being refused. He argued that he was attempting to "take ownership" of Asian stereotypes and that the agency was abridging his First Amendment rights.