Oct 232008

Well, I can hardly believe my ears or my eyes, but the seemingly impossible has happened.  On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper barred the Mongols Motorcycle Club from wearing, distributing, or licensing the clubs logo (colors).  US Attorney Steven Welk stated that authorities might seize any vest or jacket worn by a club member, family member, or supporter.  Not only that, but all members and affiliates may be forced to surrender all products bearing the Mongols trademark, including vehicles, motorcycles, club houses, and other items.

Attorney Douglas Mirell, a specialist in First Amendment cases, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, “Here you have the government stepping in and preventing a rights holder of using the (trade) mark they legally obtained.  It strikes me as a serious potential First Amendment violation to have the government come in and attempt to, and in this case exceed, stripping lawfully obtained rights.”

According to Portfolio Magazine, the trademark and intellectual property rights of the not-for-profit Mongol Nation were recently transferred to another company by the name Shotgun Productions in California.  This may make the seizure of the trademark more difficult than first thought by the Federal Prosecutor.

So far, 44 defendants have appeared in court and each of them has pled not guilty.  


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,