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In March, Minneapolis-based Norton Motorcycle Company NMC , previously operating as Freedom Motorcycles, announced that it had changed its name to Viper Motorcycle Company and released all trademark rights to the Norton brand in exchange for what company officials described as an undisclosed amount of cash and an end to all existing and pending litigation. In explaining the recent decision to drop the Norton name, John Fiebelkorn, president and CEO of Viper Motorcycle Company, said ongoing federal court proceedings and related litigation made the status of the trademark too risky and uncertain to continue operations under the Norton brand. So what happened to the Norton name and all of the associated trademark rights? In , demand for his product appeared when Cycle World featured his custom-made Norton VR in a cover article. While the VR was simply a modified year-old motorcycle, Dreer says numerous inquiries and 50 sold units bolstered his belief that the Norton brand could thrive. While there were a number of people involved — including, for a time, Fiebelkorn — court records show NMI was controlled by a Vancouver-based business named the Aquilini Investment group.
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