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.
→ 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!”
- Amy Howe, Argument analysis: Justices skeptical of federal bar on disparaging trademarks, SCOTUSblog, Jan. 19, 2017
- Adam Liptak, Will Gorsuch Join Justices in Time to Matter This Term?, New York Times, March 20, 2017
- J.C. Lee, ‘We’re always seen as … not belonging’: The Slants on their activism as an Asian-American band, Penn Live, March 21, 2017
- Simon Tam of The Slants Talks About His Band’s SCOTUS Trademark Fight, Reason.com, March 11, 2017
- John C. Connell, counsel of record for Respondent (with him on the brief: Stuart Banner, Eugene Volokh, Ronald Coleman & Joel MacMull).
- Malcom L. Stewart, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, counsel for Petitioner
- Ilya Shapiro & Thomas Berry, Don’t Disparage the First Amendment, Cato at Liberty, Dec. 18, 2016