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Matal v. Tam: The Supreme Court rules that "disparaging" marks can be trademarked

The Supreme Court has ruled that a trademark law that prohibits registration of a trademark that "disparages" others violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

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Teenagers and young adults are getting up in the mornings and leaving their houses to walk and ride around their communities with their friends. They are returning home at dinner time, tired and sunburned. It seems like we have been transported back to the 1950's in a "Back to the Future" culture shock that is sweeping the nation. It is all due to the influence of a new mobile app: Pokémon GOTM. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have teamed up with Niantic, Inc. on an "augmented reality" mobile app, allowing diehard Pokémon fans to finally become Pokémon masters. The result is a nationwide sensation, sending users in search of Pokémon, Pokémon items and Pokémon gyms lurking in their communities. What makes the mobile app special is its use of "augmented reality," where Pokémon will appear as if they've been spotted in the real world. Your mobile device presents a map... 

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