Bloomberg on SIOA Trademark Lawsuit

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Mosque Opponent Files Appeal of Trademark Application Rejection Bloomberg News, September 5

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, a conservative
organization opposed to the building of a mosque near the site
of the World Trade Center destroyed on 9/11, has said that the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected one of its trademark

The New York-based organization said it applied to register
“Stop Islamisation of America” and that an appeal board at the
patent office affirmed the trademark examiner’s denial of the
application. According to court filings, the examiner said the
requested trademark “consists of or included matter that may
disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute persons,
institutions, beliefs or national symbols.”

David Yerushalmi, whose American Freedom Law Center is
representing the group, said in a statement on his
organization’s website that the rejection was “based on the
political correct narrative about anything Islam,” according to
Family News Network.

Yerushalmi has filed an appeal of the board’s ruling Aug.
30 with the Washington-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit.

In his filing, he argued that “Islamisation” in the
context of the trademark does not apply to “all things Islamic
but rather a very dangerous politicization of Islam where
Islamic law supplants secular constitutional law and civil
liberties in political society.”

The case is In re: Pamela Geller, 12-1412, U.S. Court of
for the Federal Circuit (Washington).


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