Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) was quoted in for the article titled, “Slants’ High Court Win Opens the Gate for ‘Offensive’ Trademark Bids”.  When the U.S. Supreme Court this week gave a green light to a rock band composed of Asian-American musicians that wanted to use the name “The Slants,” it struck down a portion of the 71-year-old Lanham Act that bars disparaging trademarks. 

“Last year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office commissioner issued a directive that all new applications denied solely based on Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act be suspended,” noted Jennifer Ko Craft, a trademark specialist and partner at Dickinson Wright in Las Vegas.  “That means not only will the decision in In re Tam help applicants who have been denied registration based on disparagement, but also applicants who have been denied registration based on their mark being immoral or scandalous, depending on what the Federal Circuit decides in In re Brunetti” she said.

Ms. Craft is an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell® member in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media, Sports & Entertainment Departments. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Ms. Craft consults with clients in identifying various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services and concepts, and in developing and managing their intellectual property portfolios. She also resolves trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes, including the resolution of disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet. Ms. Craft may be reached in our Las Vegas office at 702-550-4441.