Trademark attorney Steve Baird is participating in a session at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) titled THE REDSKINS and THE SLANTS: A Review of the Causes, the Cases, and How the First Amendment Is Likely to Impact Trademark Registrations Going Forward.
The audience will first hear from the advocates, Simon Tam and Amanda Blackhorse (or Suzan Harjo), who will discuss the social causes each was looking to advance.
- Lawyer Stephen Baird will then discuss the origins of his Ladas Memorial award-winning article “Moral Intervention in the Trademark Arena: Banning the Registration of Scandalous and Immoral Trademarks,” 83 Trademark Rep.. 661, 788 (1993), which provided a roadmap for cancelling the REDSKINS marks. Steve will then discuss his work with Suzan Harjo against the Washington State football team which, in turn, paved the way for Amanda Blackhorse’s efforts.
- Simon Tam’s lawyer, Joel MacMull, will then discuss Simon’s case, how it differed from the Redskins’ case, and how the matter culminated with a unanimous Supreme Court victory last term.
Finally, the panel will discuss how, if at all, the Supreme Court’s decision in Tam may impact trademark law and branding in the future.
Marc Randazza, Barry University School of Law (United States)
Stephen Baird, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. (United States)
Amanda Blackhorse, Social Worker and Activist (United States)
Joel MacMull, Mandelbaum Salsburg (United States)
Simon Tam, The Slants (United States)
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