Law in the Information Age Lecture Series Monday, March 5, 2018, 12 – 1pm
Law in the Information Age Lecture Series
Campus Location:King Hall
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Event Type:Free Events, Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Simon Tam
Sponsored by:UC Davis School of Law

Can the government deny a trademark for a band because their name is a racial slur?

Join Simon Tam at King Hall to hear more about how he fought the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a Supreme Court case to trademark his group’s name, The Slants. The Supreme Court sided with The Slants stating the disparagement clause violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. Contrary to the Government’s contention, trademarks are private, not governmental speech. His work to reclaim the racial slur has been his instrument to advance justice through intellectual property.

Tam is a musician, author and activist and founder of the all-Asian American dance-rock band, The Slants.

Tam has been featured in: The New York Times, NPR, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, CNN, and more.

Lunch will be served.

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