This Article analyzes the First Amendment arguments against section

2(a)’s disparagement bar with reference to the consequences of any

invalidation on the rest of the trademark statute. My fundamental conclusions

are that In re Tam is wrongly reasoned even given the Supreme Court’s

increased scrutiny of commercial speech regulations, and that to hold otherwise

and preserve the rest of trademark law would require unprincipled distinctions

within trademark law. More generally, the Supreme Court’s First

Amendment jurisprudence has become so expansive as to threaten basic

aspects of the regulatory state; the result of subjecting economic regulations

such as trademark registration to strict First Amendment scrutiny shows the

damage that can be done thereby.



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