FAN 145.1 (First Amendment News) First Amendment Society to Host The Slants @ Flying Dog Brewery

The Slants (credit: KGW)

On Sunday, April 16th at 6.00 p.m., The First Amendment Society will host the rock group whose case is waiting to be decided by the Supreme Court — yes, The Slants. They are the all-Asian American dance-rock band (music video) whose request to trademark their name was denied by the Patent and Trademark Office. The Portland-based band will perform “in a very casual setting” — the Flying Dog Brewery’s tasting room.

The case: Lee v. Tam (transcript of oral arguments)

Federal Circuit Court opinion here

Complete hyperlinked list of briefs here

“We’re rooting for Simon Tam because it is beyond crazy for bureaucrats to tell an all Asian-American band that they are disparaging themselves by naming their band The Slants, and therefore the PTO won’t trademark the name.  Simon should be allowed to name his band whatever they hell he wants,” said Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery. “And we’re thrilled,” he added, “to host The Slants at the brewery because they are one seriously talented band!”

Flying Dog’s CEO Jim Caruso

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