As reported in US Won’t Trademark Band’s ‘Racist’ Name (Newser), a Portland-based Asian-American band with a large Asian-American fan base, The Slants, has had their application for a federal trademark rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on the grounds that it is “racist.” The USPTO can refuse a trademark if it “consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage”. But as the band’s manager and bassist notes, “minorities should have the right to label themselves.”
Drat. So much for my plans to start up a band called The Coonasses.
But my guess is Fat Ho Burgers might face similar difficulties…
[H/t Wendy McElroy, Vijay Boyapati]