The group was livid. “You shouldn’t be allowed to deny a right based on somebody’s race,” Tam told TheDC.
The group refers to their music as “Chinatown Dance Rock”, and their albums include ”Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts,” “Slants! Slants! Revolution,” “Pageantry,” and “The Yellow Album.”
“They describe themselves as one of the first Asian-American rock bands,” NPR’s Kat Chow wrote. “Their music caters to an Asian-American crowd, they’ve spoken at various Asian-American events, and they’re proud of all of it.”
Now the group is taking their case to federal court.
The Slants are hoping that a judge will agree with the band’s newest argument — that it’s their First Amendment right to use any name they want — and force the PTO to approve the trademark.