Professor Gary Myers recently spoke at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Eighth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium. The colloquium brings together constitutional law scholars to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law and future goals.
Professor Myers presented on “Trademarks & the First Amendment After Matal v. Tam.” In the case, Tam and his band, The Slants, sought to register the band’s name with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The trademark office denied the application, citing the prohibition on disparaging trademarks in the Lanham Act of 1946. The Supreme Court unanimously held that the prohibition on disparaging trademarks violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Professor Myers discussed the implications of this case for other aspects of trademark law.