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FRANCHISEE 101: Hawaiian Distributor May Be a Franchisee

A long-standing distributor and licensee of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Hawaii was entitled to proceed on its claim that the business relationship with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. was a "franchise" under Hawaii's...more

California’s Harley-Davidson Decision Rides over Nexus Lines

On May 28 2015, The California Court of Appeals issued a decision in Harley-Davidson, Inc. v. Franchise Tax Board, 187 Cal.Rptr.3d 672; and it was ultimately about much more than the validity of an election within...more

Harley-Davidson Booze Coming Soon?

With the 74th Anniversary of the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally less than a week away, it seemed like a good time to check in on recent Harley-Davidson trademark activity at the USPTO....more

How do you trademark freedom? HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Ten years ago, I went to my first Harley fest in Milwaukee as a student at Marquette. It happened to be Harley’s 100th Anniversary. Not really growing up among Harley riders, it was my first true experience with the Harley...more

Hells Angels and Toys “R” Us Settle “Death Head” Trademark Litigation

When I think of the Hells Angels, what immediately comes to mind is a notorious gang of men in leather on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the 1960’s counterculture, and news reports of illicit activity. When I think of Toys “R”...more

Harley-Davidson Logo Rides Without Words

The well-known, if not famous, Harley-Davidson logo is on the left below, but what is on the right? Might Harley-Davidson also be in the business of renting storage garage units for motorcycles among other outdoor...more

Sutherland SALT Shaker: May 2013 Digest

In this issue: - California FTB Takes Harley-Davidson for a Ride: Securitization Subsidiaries Are Financial Corporations with Nexus in California - “Tut-Tut,” Long Beach: California Supreme Court Permits...more

California Court Finds Securitization Entities Subject to California Income Tax

A California Superior Court has issued a decision with significant impact on financial services. In the case, Harley-Davidson, Inc. v. Franchise Tax Board, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman held that...more

It’s All in a Name -- How due diligence in selecting trademarks is a wise investment

Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Smart Business Los Angeles. You know that picking the right name for a startup company or new product line can play a major part in its success. But name selection...more

Sound Marks

As a result of a recent Federal Court order, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will now be accepting applications for trade-marks that are sounds. The first such application accepted is the roar of the MGM...more

Federal Court Denies Class Certification After Daubert Analysis

A federal court late last month declined to certify three classes of consumers in litigation claiming that a defect in Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc.'s motorcycles caused severe wobbling and instability. See Steven C....more

Harley-Davidson Recalls Motorcycles Over Brake Light Switch Defect

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is issuing a worldwide recall of more than 300,000 motorcycles because of a defect in the rear brake light switch, according to a news report. ...more

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