Global Trademark Resources Print Page Page Image Current IssueArticle ArchiveTMR Search September-October, 2011 Vol. 101 No. 5 Back to TMR Main Page Trademarks Laid Bare: Marks that May Be Scandalous or Immoral By Anne Gilson LaLonde and Jerome Gilson This article is a scholarly treatment of scandalous and immoral trademarks in the United States. Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars their registration, and here we analyze such marks and the activities of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in dealing with them. In order to address the subject comprehensively, candidly and accurately, we have included subject matter that may offend some readers. The Trademark Reporter is available to INTA members only. Please go to Member Login at the top of this screen to access the full article.