• The Slants Perform at the Supreme Court
  • March 2, 2017 | Author: R. Gregory Israelsen
  • Law Firm: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Washington Office
  • On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Michelle K. Lee v. Simon Shiao Tam. The Supreme Court was the latest stop on The Slants’s federal-court tour as the dance-rock band seeks to register a federal trademark on their provocative name. While the justices were not outside the Court taking selfies with the band—in contrast to the band’s groupies—their critical questions for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hinted that they might be fans of the band’s free-speech claim.