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Tom RamstackTom RamstackFebruary 1, 201710min347

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is pending in a trademark registration case likely to influence policies in Colorado on the use of Native American names for sports teams. An Oregon rock band called The Slants is challenging a denial by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register a trademark for its name. Trademark officials say the name is offensive to Asian Americans. The Slants say denying the band a trademark infringes their First Amendment free speech rights. The case is being closely watched by the Washington Redskins football team, which had its trademark revoked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after complaints by Native American groups who said the team's name is an ethnic slur.