US Patent Office Says No to The Slants
The Slants are known as the first all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. The band was founded by Simon Young (also known as Simon Tam) in 2006 in Portland, Oregon. Often compared with 80’s synth-pop bands such as Depeche Mode, New Order, and Joy Division, as well as modern acts such as The Killers and The Bravery, the band often refers to their sound as “Chinatown Dance Rock.”  All five members of the current lineup are of Asian Pacific Islander descent and they are well known for their involvement with the Asian American community, often playing at large cultural festivals and anime conventions, and fighting racist ideas/stereotypes.
Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name ‘The Slants’
by Kat Chow
October 20, 2013 6:14 AM
The Slants, a six-member band from Portland, Ore., calls their sound “Chinatown Dance Rock” — a little bit New Order, a little bit Depeche Mode. They describe themselves as one of the first Asian-American rock bands. Their music caters to an Asian-American crowd, they’ve spoken at various Asian-American events, and they’re proud of all of it.
But the Slants have been duking it out with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) over the past four years because of their name. The PTO refused the band’s two trademark applications, saying that “slants” is a disparaging term for people of Asian descent. Now the band plans to take their case to a federal circuit court.