Mongols biker club fined $500,000 but keeps logo trademarks

U.S. 05/18/19, 06:59

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 astride a chopper-style bike.Prosecutors had ...

Who owns aloha? Hawaii eyes protections for native culture

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:29

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 targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant ...

In ‘FUCT’ fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word

U.S. 04/15/19, 10:34

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 of federal law that says ...

Czech Budweiser brewer worries about Brexit impact

Europe 03/18/19, 12:12

The Budejovicky Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic managed to survive a decades-long trademark battle over whether it could call its beer Budweiser. But now it faces another potential threat: Brexit.The United Kingdom is one of the brewer's top five markets, though it won't say exactly how much beer it ...

Judge won’t make Mongols biker gang surrender trademark logo

U.S. 02/28/19, 20:09

A California judge delivered a blow Thursday to a decade-long effort by federal prosecutors to strip the Mongols motorcycle gang of its trademarked logo, ruling such a move would be unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana nullified a first-of-its-kind jury verdict that would have given the ...

Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris

Entertainment 02/19/19, 09:35

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's iconic couturier whose designs had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man in the trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark enigmatic glasses who dominated high fashion for the past 50 ...

Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

Entertainment 01/15/19, 15:25

Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that ...

Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program’s name change

U.S. 11/07/18, 01:41

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word "boy" from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls.In the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the Girls Scouts claim the program ...

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