Katherine Kerrick on Trump's MAGA Trademark
In this episode, Katherine E. Kerrick, a law student at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, discusses her note, "Should Donald Trump’s 'Make America Great Again' Receive Trademark Protection?," which will be published in the University of New Hampshire Law Review. Kerrick begins by explaining when trademarks can be registered, when they can't, and why. She then explains the history of Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and his registration of the slogan for trademark protection. She reflects on whether the USPTO should have registered the MAGA slogan when Trump applied for it, how much protection it should receive today, and whether there are First Amendment issues with trademark protection of political slogans. She also discusses the process of developing a note topic and how to ask professors for advice.