Attorney AJ Wenn of Ward Law office had the distinct pleasure of meeting The slant yesterday evening, at an event hosted by the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA).
The Slant is an Asian American band involved in the recent supreme court case of Lee v. Tam. In this case, Simon Tam sought to register a trademark on his band name “The Slant”. The USPTO, refused after finding that the mark is disparaging towards indivisuals of Asian ancestry. The case may determine the constitutionality of section 52(a), of Lanham Act, which prevents the federal registration of “disparaging” trademarks.