Rock Band The Slants Cannot Trademark Disparaging Name

Asian-American rock band the Slants, which says it chose its name as a way to reclaim a term usually considered a racial slur, cannot trademark the name because it is disparaging, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected the band's argument that the government's refusal to grant a trademark violated its free speech rights. The ruling could have implications for the high-profile fight over whether the National Football League's Washington Redskins should lose its trademarks. The three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit said there was evidence the term is offensive to people of Asian descent.