Intellectual Property Law
Mongols Gang Can Keep Their Logo, Says Judge
Posted Jun 30, 2011 2:24 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward
Federal prosecutors lost their bid to seek control of a California biker gang’s name and logo, featuring a Genghis Khan-like figure riding a motorcycle.
In a ruling made public today, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright of Los Angeles stated that he’s ruled in favor of the Mongols because the gang itself was not named in a 2008 racketeering indictment. The indictment accused members of murder, drug trafficking and torture. More than 100 people faced charges, and dozens plead guilty, according to the Associated Press.
Among those who took deals was Ruben Cavazos, the former Mongols president, who pled guilty to racketeering and conspiracy. The government maintained that trademarks for the logo were acquired and maintained by Cavazos, while the gang was involved in criminal activity.
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