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Changing Attitudes Towards Motorcyclists

A client who was injured in a motorcycle accident said that attitudes towards motorcyclists have been changing recently to become more positive. I pointed out that this is been going on for a long time and that Malcolm Forbes is the person who can probably be most credited for starting it.

I remember seeing Malcolm Forbes drive down Fifth Avenue in New York City in a suit on his motorcycle with other executives following along. I tried to find a photograph without success. However, I did find this photograph of Malcolm Forbes sitting on his motorcycle in his Fifth Avenue office in 1976.

But my father started first!  This is my father in a suit on his motorcycle in 1946
My father wearing s suit on his motorcycle in 1946


Hells Angels Sues Rapper Young Jeezy

Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation agreed to settle their differences with rapper Young Jeezy and Dillard’s on a peaceful basis by moving their lawsuit from court to a Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program. The Stipulation filed in court by the attorneys doesn’t indicate the type of dispute resolution program but it could be either mediation which is a moderated attempt to negotiate a settlement or arbitration which results in a binding decision.

The Hells Angels previously filed a lawsuit against rapper Young Jeezy’s 8732 Apparel, Ltd. and Dillard’s, Inc. retail stores. The lawsuit alleged that they manufactured and sold hats, shirts and vests bearing a design which is confusingly similar to the Hells Angels trademark.

My personal opinion is that the Hells Angels have a good case.  The “decoration” patch looks to me like a cheap imitation of the Hells Angels patch, logo and colors.  I believe it looks confusingly similar and could easily be confused by the general public.

The imitation even includes “EIGHT SEVEN”, an obvious attempt to be similar to the use of  “81” signifying “HA”, the eighth and first letters of the alphabet.  The use of EIGHT SEVEN instead of 81 is no accident.  I see this as showing an intent by the designer to infringe on the Hells Angels trademarks.

Take a look for yourself at the Complaint in the lawsuit to decide if it looks confusingly similar.  Starting at page 8, the trademarks are shown in Exhibit A, photos of the trademarks used by the Hells Angels are shown in Exhibit B, and the alleged infringing items in Exhibit C.

If you’re interested in a relatively simple discussion about the term confusingly similar, take a look at Likelihood of Confusion—The Basis for Trademark Infringement

Large corporations and certainly clothing manufacturers and retailers are especially protective of their trademarks and are quick to file lawsuits.  The Hells Angels logo is a very old and well-known trademark so it’s strange that they had to file several lawsuits in the past to protect their trademark against large corporations like Disney, Saks, Amazon, MTV and others.

I don’t know why manufacturers and retailers which are keenly interested in protecting their own trademarks, would so often seek to take advantage of the Hells Angels trademarks.  Making money by copying a trademark and “changing it” so you think it’s different enough is only an attempt to fool oneself into thinking you can get away with it.  But it’s nothing more than a fake Rockefeller using his fake identity to steal money.

The Hells Angels have numerous trademarks with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation listed as the owner.  Their first trademark was filed on June 15, 1978 for their iconic winged skull logo.

You can search the Hells Angels trademarks at

  • Click on Basic Word Mark Search (New User)
  • Enter Hells Angels in the field for Search Term:
  • Click on Submit Query