How to listen to the Supreme Court's live oral arguments

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Posted: May 4, 2020 8:34 AM

The Supreme Court is broadcasting live audio of oral arguments for the first time Monday, as they hear cases via teleconference.

Here's what to know:

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET Monday.

Case: United States Patent and Trademark Office et al v. Booking.com

Where to find it: CNN.com is streaming all the oral arguments live.

Why it's a big deal: For the first time ever, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the court is hearing oral arguments via teleconference. And also broadcasting it live, which the court has never done. (There are still no TV cameras, however.)

Participants: Erica L. Ross, Assistant to the Solicitor General and Lisa S. Blatt, attorney for Booking.com.

Significance: The case concerns trademark protection in the age of internet business. Booking.com was denied trademark protection because the Patent and Trademark Office found the name was too generic and that trademarking it would give the company an unfair monopoly over a common word.

The digital travel company sued and won when a lower court held that the name "Booking" combined with ".com" was protectable.

The Justice Department has appealed to the Supreme Court. Before the justices, Booking.com argues the government has been inconsistent and already approved protections for Weather.com, Karaoke.com, Law.com and Dating.com.

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