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Offensive trademark requests up since Supreme Court ruling

The number of requests to trademark offensive words and symbols has gone up after a June Supreme Court ruling, according to Reuters.

Various small companies and individuals have filed nine trademark requests of products with offensive associations to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since late June, according to the report.

The requests include seven application for uses of the n-word and separate applications for a swastika, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records obtained by Reuters.

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling on June 19 that disregarded a federal law that forbade offensive and disparaging trademarks. The case involved an Asian-American band called the Slants, whose trademark application had been denied on the grounds that it was offensive.


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