The Dykes on Bikes can continue to ride with pride:
The U.S. Supreme Court today turned down a Dublin lawyer’s challenge to a San Francisco group’s trademark right to the name Dykes on Bikes.
The high court declined to hear an appeal by attorney Michael McDermott of a ruling by a federal circuit court in Washington D.C. in July upholding the trademark granted by the U.S. Trademark Office.
The group, also known as the San Francisco Women’s Motorcycle Contingent, won the right to the name in 2004.
The bikers traditionally lead the annual San Francisco Pride Parade and describe themselves as supporting women motorcyclists around the world as well as gay rights endeavors.
McDermott, who challenged the trademark as an individual acting on his own behalf, said today he considers the Dykes on Bikes name to be “hostile to men.”