The federal government is trying to confiscate more than just the physical property of Mongol Nation, a California motorcycle club. The government wants the club’s intellectual property as well. For the second time in several years, it seeks to seize the Mongol Nation logo, over which the group holds trademark rights. In 2008, the first time federal prosecutors tried, it had already convicted more than eighty Mongol Nation members, mostly on racketeering and conspiracy charges. But the American Civil Liberties Union teamed up with the club to halt what its attorney called “an outrageous violation of the First Amendment and an absolute abuse of forfeiture and trademark laws.
The ACLU teams up with Mongol Nation in light of the latest attempt to seize the biker club's intellectual property. Read more about Trademark Protection.
In addition to Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time. Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.