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=== Trademarks ===
"Moo Duk Kwan" 3,023,145 and "the fist logo" 1,446,944 and 3,119,287 and "United States Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation" 1,443,675 are federally registered trademarks recorded with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for owner U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.
=== Service Marks ===
"United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation" 3,170,613, "Soo Bahk Do" 3,103,190 and the "Soo Bahk Do logo" 1,811,174 are federally registered trademarks recorded with United States Patent and Trademark Office for owner U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.
Q: What are the names and marks that are protected by the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® that I am prohibited from using unless authorized to so so in writing.
A: The U.S. Federation's valuable trademarks and service marks include, but are not limited, to the following:
U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®
U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®
A: Trademark Infringement: Non-members may not use the Federation's trademarks unless licensed or otherwise authorized to do so in writing by the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® or the U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.
Individuals or organizations engaged in the unauthorized use of another's trademarks and/or intellectual property are at risk of:
The U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® have pre-vailed in 100% of all trademark and service mark infringement actions pursued for remedy. [Settlements Won]
Q: Can I use the Soo Bahk Do® logo or the Soo Bahk Do® name?
A: Only if you are licensed or otherwise authorized in writing to do so by the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® or the U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.
A: Only Certified Instructors are authorized to teach the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan®martial art system as taught by Founder Hwang Kee. Individuals engaging in the unauthorized instruction of the proprietary content of the Soo Bahk Do® Moo Duk Kwan®martial art system can be held liable for copyright infringement, potential in addition to Trademark Infringement.
Q: What happens if I just use them anyway?
Q: Why did my instructor have to quit using the Moo Duk Kwan® name and fist logo?
A: The short answer is "There is Only One Moo Duk Kwan." Most likely because your instructor was not legitimately licensed, regardless of what they thought or may have been mistakenly told by someone else. Read Identity Theft. Only those who are licensed to use the Moo Duk Kwan® name and logo are authorized to publicly represent that they are affiliated with the long-standing (since 1945) global reputation and the well established public identity of the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system as founded by Hwang Kee.
Unauthorized users of the Moo Duk Kwan® name and logo are not providing authentic Moo Duk Kwan® training to the public since they are not connected to the source of such legitimate training via a license agreement by the U.S. Federation (or World Moo Duk Kwan). The U.S. Federal government takes a dim view of those who fraudulently misrepresent to the general public the source of their goods or services. In fact, trademark counterfeiting can be a felony criminal offense.
Infringers of the Federation's trademarks may be have different options when infringing activity comes to the attention of our organization:
- In most cases trademark infringement can be easily remedied by simply removing the infringing marks from use and no other action is needed.
- In some cases infringement may be remedied via acquisition of a legitimate license for specific uses of the Federation's trademarks.
- In other cases infringement may be remedied via application for membership and member use licensing which is granted via application for, and subsequent approval of, Federation membership status.
- If an infringer refuses these and/or other remedies, then they must cease their unauthorized use of the Federation's trademarks and their public misrepresentation of the source of their goods and/or services to avoid possible legal action and potential triple damage awards and the loss of all profits they generated while using the trademarks illegitimately.
- When an infringer has refused all reasonable remedies does the Federation initiate legal action.
- If your instructor has chosen to cease use of the Moo Duk Kwan® name and logo, then they must have also chosen not to pursue acquiring a legitimate license for use.
Q: I still don't understand. What does all this mean?
A: "There is Only One Moo Duk Kwan." Read Identity Theft. What it means is that you cannot create your own soft drink formula and then put it in cans with the Coca Cola® brand name and logo on the outside of the can and sell your soft drink to the general public by making it "look like" Coca Cola®. Read Joe Cola.
The result of such fraud is that the purchaser cannot reasonably know that they are buying a counterfeit soda. Obviously, the motivation for doing such a thing would be to sell more soft drink to people who will "THINK" they are buying the well known, world famous Coca Cola® brand product with its unique quality, flavor, etc.
Regardless of how or why such deceptive "mis-labeling" practices and actions were originally initiated or why they continue to occur with the Moo Duk Kwan® name and logo, Federal law prohibits a seller of goods, services, etc. from deceiving the general public into thinking that they are actually receiving legitimate Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system training, rank certification, products, etc. from unlicensed providers.
Display of the Moo Duk Kwan® name/logo trademarks assures the general public that the displayer has agreed to adhere to all the tenants, traditions, philosophy, standards, quality control measures, member service guidelines, etc. as specified for the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system founded by Hwang Kee.
Unauthorized users have not agreed to, nor do they comply with, any of these areas as established for the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system, thus those students practicing with unlicensed instructors/studios cannot be assured that their training or rank certification is legitimate by the standards of the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system as founded by Hwang Kee. It's that simple.
Those engaged in unauthorized activity are advised to contemplate how the unauthorized use of another's federally protected intellectual property and federally protected trademarks conflict with the core principals they may be representing that they teach their students and should also recognize that trademark law prohibits unauthorized individuals from advertising their martial art studio or instruction to the public using the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® name or associated logos, copyrighted photos, etc. without express written permission, regardless of their intent for doing so.
ABOUT MOO DUK KWAN®
Q: What is the main difference between Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do and Moo Duk Kwan, Tae Kwon Do?
A: In response to your question about Moo Duk Kwan®, "There is Only One Moo Duk Kwan."
The important distinction is that in the U.S.A. only members of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® are legally authorized to display the Moo Duk Kwan® trademark and to instruct the copyrighted technical content that comprises the authentic and legitimate Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system created by founder Hwang Kee in 1945. Any others representing affiliation with Moo Duk Kwan® are in violation of Federal trademark laws and if they are instructing the copyrighted technical content of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system, then they are also in violation of Federal copyright laws. Our organization is chartered to protect these valuable marks, the related proprietary content and the public identity and public reputation associated with them and has successfully defended our rights as stated IN EVERY INSTANCE. Needless to say, the courts consistently find trademark infringement, copyright infringement, misrepresentation to the public, fraud and counterfeiting to be unacceptable activities under U.S. law and those engaging is such activities would be well advised to cease and desist.
Unauthorized use of our organization's trademark almost never include an acknowledgement that the trademark belongs to the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation™.
On a much more positive note, the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation is chartered to provide a home for practitioners who wish to be affiliated with the Moo Duk Kwan® school and receive authentic instruction in the TANG SOO DO / SOO BAHK DO®martial art system. You can read our organizations concept of unity and chartered purposes here.
The U.S. Federation also provides opportunities for qualified applicants to secure trademark licensing rights and direct access to proprietary training in Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan®.
You can also learn more about our organization, its structure, its officials and its vast member community and international friends here: http://www.soobahkdo.com
If you are sincerely interested in obtaining access to authentic, legitimate guidance and instruction in the Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system and have a genuine desire to belong to the world's largest and most prestigious community of martial art practitioners with similar interests and the common goal of preserving the art for future generations, then I invite you to seek out a U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation Certified Studio or Certified Instructor near you and apply for membership.
You can search for them here.
Thank you for your interest in the Tang Soo Do / Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system and should you require additional information or desire to pursue affiliation, the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® is here to serve you.
Q: So are you saying that there is no such thing as moo duk kwan, tae kwon do? There are a lot of moo duk kwan, tae kwon do schools. The moo duk kwan emblems for tang soo do and tae kwon do are similar but there are some differences. They have different characters and the color is different.
A: "There is Only One Moo Duk Kwan." Read Identity Theft. Read Joe Cola.In response to your question, only members of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® are legally authorized to display the MOO DUK KWAN® trademarks and to instruct the copyrighted technical content that comprises the authentic and legitimate Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan®martial art system created by founder Hwang Kee in 1945.
Any others representing affiliation with the Moo Duk Kwan® name or fist logo are in violation of Federal trademark laws and if they are instructing any portion of the copyrighted technical content of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art system, then they are also in violation of Federal copyright laws.
You are welcome to submit examples of unauthorized uses of our trademarks as well as contact information for the infringer so we can follow up with them.
I am sure you understand that the existence of counterfeit items and the presence of unauthorized sources of instruction does not make them legitimate or legal.
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