Texas Trademark Lawyer Tamera Bennett

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Motorcycle Gangs Own Trademarks?

by Tamera H. BennettPosted October 22, 2008

The Mongols are a motorcycle gang that have been accused of some not so nice things. Imagine the worst and then imagine some more.

It was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle today that:

A federal judge on Wednesday barred the Mongols motorcycle gang from wearing or distributing its trademarked logo after authorities arrested dozens of its members under a racketeering indictment.

If a Mongol is wearing a vest or jacket bearing the Mongols patch, that item is pursuant to seizure based on this order," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Welk.

It is believed to be the first case in the nation in which the government has sought to take control of a gang's identity — via its logo — through a court order.

The Mongols have a federal trademark registration for the mark for ASSOCIATION SERVICES, NAMELY, PROMOTING THE INTERESTS OF PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE RECREATION OF RIDING MOTORCYCLES.

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