JOSEPH MATAL, INTERIM DIRECTOR, UNITED STATES PATENTAND TRADEMARK OFFICE, PETITIONER v. SIMON SHIAO TAMFACTS: Simon Tam, lead singer of the rock group “The Slants” (‘slants’ or ‘slant-eyes’), sought federal registration of themark “THE SLANTS” for their band name. “Slants” is a derogatory term for persons of Asian descent, and members of theband are Asian-Americans. He chose this moniker in order to “reclaim” the term and drain its denigrating force as aderogatory term for Asian persons. The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied the application under a Lanham Act provision prohibiting theregistration of trademarks that may “disparage . . . or bring . . . into contempt or disrepute” any “persons, living or dead.” Tam contested the denial of registration through the administrative appeals process, to no avail. He then tookthe case to federal court, where the en banc Federal Circuit ultimately found the disparagement clause faciallyunconstitutional under the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause.