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In a ruling of particular interest to adult companies, a federal appeals court has held that a bar on registering immoral or scandalous trademarks is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech.

The 3-0 ruling issued today by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals likely will amount to a sea change curtailing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s powers to refuse and cancel registrations.

It also is certain to bring a large uptick of brands seeking trademark registration for products and services that might be considered lewd, crass, or even disturbing to some.

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