It shall be the duty of the district attorneys of the several counties to enforce this section, whenever any complaint or other evidence leads them to reasonably believe that this section has been violated. The district attorney shall upon receipt of such complaint or other evidence at once institute proper legal proceedings to compel compliance therewith.
Any person who possesses for the purpose of sale or offering for sale any convict-made goods, wares or merchandise without the brands, marks, labels or tags thereon as required by this section or who removes or defaces such brand, mark, label or tag or who sells a part of such article without attaching such brand, mark, label or tag, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than 90 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Lodge names, insignia; registration; fees; penalty. 132.16(1)(a)
"Organization" means any association, lodge, order, fraternal society, beneficial association, or fraternal and beneficial society or association; historical, military, or veterans organization; labor union; foundation; federation; or any other society, organization, or association, degree, branch, subordinate lodge, or auxiliary thereof, whether incorporated or unincorporated, the principles and activities of which are not repugnant to the constitution and laws of the United States or of this state.
"Identifying information" means an organization's name, badge, motto, button, decoration, charm, emblem, rosette or other insignia.
Any organization may register, in the office of the secretary of state, a facsimile, duplicate, or description of any of the organization's identifying information and may, by reregistration, alter or cancel the organization's identifying information.
Application for registration or reregistration under sub. (1m)
shall be made by the organization's chief officer or officers upon forms provided by the secretary of state. The registration shall be for the use, benefit, and on behalf of the organization and the organization's current and future individual members throughout this state.
The secretary of state shall keep a properly indexed file of all registrations under this section, which shall also show any alterations or cancelations by reregistration.
No registration or reregistration shall be granted for any identifying information similar to identifying information already registered under this section.
Upon granting registration under this section, the secretary of state shall issue his or her certificate to the petitioners, setting forth the fact of the registration.
The fees of the secretary of state for registration or reregistration under this section, searches made by the secretary of state, and certificates issued by the secretary of state under this section, shall be the same as provided by law for similar services. The fees collected under this section shall be paid by the secretary of state into the state treasury.
Any person who willfully wears, exhibits, displays, prints, or uses for any purpose any identifying information of any organization registered under this section, unless he or she is entitled to do so under the organizations' constitution and bylaws, rules, and regulations, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $100, and, in default of payment, may be committed to jail for a period of not to exceed 60 days.
This section does not apply to any fraternal society whose membership is composed of students attending any public or private school in the state.
Certain badges; penalty for unauthorized wearing.
Any person who shall willfully wear the insignia, rosette, or badge or any imitation thereof, of the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Grand Army of the Republic, the United Spanish War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Thirty-second Division Veteran Association, the American Veterans of World War II (AMVETS), or of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States, Knights of Columbus, Odd Fellows, Free Masons, Knights of Pythias, or of any other society, order or organization, operating under the lodge system, of 10 years' standing in this state, or of any duly incorporated fraternal, social, or service organization, or of the division of emergency management in the department of military affairs or shall willfully use the same to obtain aid or assistance thereby within this state, or shall willfully use the name of such society, order or organization, the titles of its officers, or its insignia, unless entitled to use or wear the same under the constitution, bylaws, rules and regulations thereof, shall be imprisoned not more than 30 days or fined not exceeding $20, or both.
Use of gaseous compounds in containers. 132.18(1)(1)
No person, firm or corporation, excepting the manufacturer thereof or persons authorized by said manufacturer so to do, shall sell or offer for sale or deliver, carbon dioxide, acetylene, oxygen, hydrogen or any other gas or gaseous compound, shipped, consigned or delivered in steel containers or containers made of other metal, unless such containers shall bear upon the surface thereof, in plainly legible characters, the name, initials or trademark of the manufacturer.
No person, firm or corporation other than such manufacturer or persons authorized by such manufacturer so to do, shall refill or use in any manner such container or receptacle which has imprinted thereon the name, initials or trademark of such manufacturer, for any gas, compound or other material whatsoever.
No person, firm or corporation to whom such product of said manufacturer has been sold or delivered in such containers, shall sell, loan, deliver or permit to be delivered such containers to any persons whomsoever other than such manufacturer or persons authorized by such manufacturer to receive the delivery of such containers.
The foregoing provisions shall not apply to any carbon dioxide or other products above referred to, contained in such containers, unless the title to such containers is retained by said manufacturer or its representative and unless said carbon dioxide and other products contained in said containers were sold and delivered upon the understanding and agreement that the container in which it was delivered shall be returned to such manufacturer or its representative as soon as the contents thereof have been used up by the purchaser.
Any person who shall fail to comply with any of the foregoing provisions of this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Use of mark without authority.
Every person who knowingly and willfully uses or displays the genuine mark of any person, association or union in any manner, or in or about the sale of goods or merchandise not being authorized so to do by such person, union or association, shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 months or fined not more than $100. This section does not apply to the purchase of merchandise in good faith from a distributor or the retail sale of that merchandise in good faith.
History: 1985 a. 181
Trafficking in counterfeit marks. 132.20(1)
In this section, "traffic" means any of the following:
Advertise, promote or offer to transfer, assign or dispose of.
Receive, possess, transport or exercise control of, with intent to transfer, assign or dispose of.
Any person who, with intent to deceive, traffics or attempts to traffic in this state in a counterfeit mark or in any goods or service bearing or provided under a counterfeit mark is guilty of a Class H felony, except that, notwithstanding the maximum fine specified in s. 939.50 (3) (h)
, if the person is an individual he or she may be fined not more than $250,000 and if the person is not an individual the person may be fined not more than $1,000,000.
It is a defense to liability under this section that before another person registered an identical mark under s. 132.01
a person acquired the right under common law or federal law to traffic in a mark.
Common law rights.
Nothing in this chapter affects any right in a mark which is acquired under common law.
History: 1985 a. 181