Trademarks

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008, file photo, a the Mongols motorcycle club's logo is displayed at a news conference in Los Angeles. A federal judge on Friday, May 17, 2019, fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses astride a chopper-style bike. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)
May 18, 2019 - 7:59 am
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses...
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May 10, 2019 - 1:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rock band Guns N' Roses is accusing a Colorado brewery of piggybacking off their fame to sell beer and merchandise. The band filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Thursday against Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, which sells Guns 'N' Rosé beer and merchandise and...
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This Tuesday, April 16, 2019, photo shows Aloha Poke Shop, a store in Honolulu that received a letter from Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. saying the Illinois company had trademarked "Aloha Poke" and the Hawaii company would need to change its name. Hawaii lawmakers are considering adopting a resolution calling for the creation of legal protections for Native Hawaiian cultural intellectual property. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
April 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters...
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Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti, the founder of the streetwear clothing company "FUCT," poses for a photo in Los Angeles Thursday, April, 11, 2019. “We wanted the viewer to question it: Like, is that pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced?” he said of his streetwear brand “FUCT,” which began selling clothing in 1991. On April 15, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s challenge to a part of federal law that says officials should refuse to register trademarks that are “scandalous” or “immoral.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 15, 2019 - 11:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — They managed not to say it. The Supreme Court's nine justices discussed a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand spelled F-U-C-T. But the justices got through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand's name. The case has to do with a portion...
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Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti, the founder of the streetwear clothing company "FUCT," poses for a photo in Los Angeles Thursday, April, 11, 2019. “We wanted the viewer to question it: Like, is that pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced?” he said of his streetwear brand “FUCT,” which began selling clothing in 1991. On April 15, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s challenge to a part of federal law that says officials should refuse to register trademarks that are “scandalous” or “immoral.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 13, 2019 - 5:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Erik Brunetti's four-letter fashion brand starts with an "F'' and rhymes with "duct." The federal government calls it "scandalous" and "immoral" and has refused to register the trademark. Brunetti has a different word for his brand and designs: "thought-provoking." "We wanted the...
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April 07, 2019 - 11:03 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state lawmaker in South Carolina wants to trademark his motto "The People's Rep." Rep. Justin Bamberg says it is a cheesy tagline he has been using to catch the attention of people who don't follow politics since first running for the House in 2014. But the Democrat says he...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 1992, file photo, driver Davey Allison sits in his car as it is checked after a practice run for the NASCAR auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Allison is being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Curtis Compton, File)
February 01, 2019 - 9:54 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Jeff Gordon has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The four-time NASCAR champion was the headliner of this 10th class and was elected by 96 percent of the vote in his first year of...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, a document from the website of China's Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce showing provisional approval of a trademark for Ivanka Trump Marks LLC is seen on a computer screen in Beijing. China has greenlighted five more Ivanka Trump trademarks as trade talks with her father’s administration intensify. They cover a range from wedding dresses to insurance and art valuation services. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
January 21, 2019 - 10:05 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China. Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were...
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January 14, 2019 - 9:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rockstar Games is firing back in a legal tussle over the use of a Pinkerton security company's name in its video game "Red Dead Redemption 2." Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations sent a cease and desist letter to Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, in...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien, right, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles about the arrest of several Mongol motorcycle gang members in six states as a vest with the Mongols logo displayed. Federal prosecutors say a California jury has decided the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Friday, Jan. 11, 2018, found that the government could seize control of the group's trademark. The jury previously found the Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)
January 11, 2019 - 8:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said. The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a...
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