Lee v. Tam Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam, which concerns whether the government’s refusal to register trademarks that can be seen as disparaging, such… read more

Lee v. Tam Oral Argument The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam, which concerns whether the government’s refusal to register trademarks that can be seen as disparaging, such as racial slurs, violates First Amendment free speech. The case arose from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants, and challenges a 1946 trademark law barring the registration of trademarks that “disparage” groups and individuals.

On June 19, 2017, the court ruled unanimously that the government’s refusal to register trademarks that can be seen as disparaging violates First Amendment free speech.

This name of the case was changed to Matal v. Tam because Michelle Lee is no longer the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Joseph Matal was the new interim director. close

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Lee v. Tam Oral Argument

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Program ID:
421846-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 25, 2017 | 10:47pm EST | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Jul 06, 2017 | 3:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Jan 25, 2017 | 10:47pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 26, 2017 | 4:25am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 26, 2017 | 7:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 27, 2017 | 11:06am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 27, 2017 | 4:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Jan 30, 2017 | 2:58am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 19, 2017 | 10:14pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 22, 2017 | 7:03pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 24, 2017 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 26, 2017 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 06, 2017 | 3:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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