U.S. Supreme Court allows foul language trademarks in F-word case

Business Jun 25, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court allows foul language trademarks in F-word case

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a long-standing U.S. ban on trademarks on "immoral" or "scandalous" words and symbols, ruling in a case involving a clothing brand with an indelicate name that the law violates constitutional free speech rights. The justices ruled against President ...

Business Jan 5, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on vulgar trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case brought by a clothing line named Fuct, which the government has refused to register, claiming it would promote vulgarity. The case pits a provision of U.S. trademark law that allows the government to deny ...

Japan to make trademark registration of era names impossible

National Nov 6, 2018

Japan to make trademark registration of era names impossible

The government plans to set a clear rule that no trademark containing any era name can be registered. The government will revise its trademark application screening criteria, which currently only reject registration of the current era name, officials said Monday. The government hopes to make sure ...

Asia Pacific Jun 28, 2017

China frees three activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands. The three activists walked out of a police station in Ganzhou, a city in southeastern Jiangxi province, ...

Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly, China says

Business Apr 20, 2017

Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly, China says

China is defending its handling of trademark applications from President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her company, saying that all such requests are handled fairly. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang was asked about the trademarks Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported ...

With Trump's win in China, will Trump toilets get flushed?

Business Feb 15, 2017

With Trump's win in China, will Trump toilets get flushed?

There's a Trump toilet, a Trump condom, a Trump pacemaker and even a Trump International Hotel among hundreds of trademarks in China that don't belong to Donald Trump. But after a decade of grinding battle in China's courts, the president was expected to get ...