Goshen, NH asked in Copyright and Trademark for New Hampshire

Q: How do I go about getting trademark for a motorcycle riding club?

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Peter D. Mlynek

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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: You would do it exactly the same way like with any other trademark: you can file it yourself, or you can hire a trademark lawyer to do for you.

But two points that you need to be aware of:

(1) There are a number of MCs out there, and their marks and logos are often similar to each other, leading to confusion. Unless you have some unique club name or design, it may not be straightforward as with other marks.

(2) You also need to be aware of the trademarks owned by 1%ers. I don't need to tell you how protective, for example, Hell's Angels are of their marks. See, for example, https://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/29/us/despite-outlaw-image-hells-angels-sue-often.html .

Good luck!

--Peter Mlynek

P.S. No, I don't ride. I got a motorcycle license, got the money together to buy a motorcycle, joined a club, and everything was going well, ... until for wife found out . :(

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