The US Supreme Court to hear a trade mark dispute concerning US dance-rock band The Slants.  The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register the band’s name as a trade mark on the basis that it was considered an ethnic slur.

Some feel the band should be allowed to trade mark their name as a matter of free speech.  Others believe that if the USPTO’s decision is overturned it may undermine other areas of trade mark law.