Sigh. Even as respected a publication as the National Review doesn’t know the difference between a patent and a trademark.
The recent Supreme Court case Iancu v. Brunetti confirmed the existing case law limiting the ability of the US Patent and Trademark Office to deny a trademark registration on the grounds that it is “immoral or scandalous”. This might be described as “protecting vulgar trademarks”. But nothing about this Supreme Court case relates in any way to patents. The headline quoted above is just completely wrong. Here is the news story, which by now may have been corrected.
This reminds me of the March 28, 2019 article in USA Today that revealed that that newspaper likewise did not know the difference between a patent and a trademark.