Matthew Dowd filed an amicus brief in Lee v. Tam, before the Supreme Court. The amicus brief was filed on behalf of four law professors specializing in intellectual property law and constitutional law in support of Respondent Mr. Simon Shaio Tam. It discusses the unconstitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act through the lens of the First Amendment’s right to free speech and intellectual property law. The brief can be read here.
Matthew Dowd was counsel of record for Professors Gregory Dolin, Tara J. Helfman, Irina D. Manta, and Kristen Jacobsen in one of the most important cases concerning trademark protection and the First Amendment. In Lee v. Tam, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is contending that the trademark applicant's mark is disparaging and cannot be registered under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act. Matthew Dowd filed the amicus brief on behalf of Professor Dolin and the other law profes