The Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) decision affirming a refusal to register the mark “FUCT” because it comprised immoral or scandalous matter under 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) (“Section 2(a)”). While the Board properly relied on substantial evidence to support its conclusion, the bar against registering immoral or scandalous marks was held to be an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
The government-appointed Srikrishna committee on Monday released a white paper as part of its work to prepare a data protection framework. The committee has called on stakeholders to discuss and debate various issues under the ambit of the ambitious legislation, which includes issues pertaining to data transfer and accumulation, informed consent, data portability, as well as appointment of a data authority.