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Kettle and Stone Brewing Changes Name to Avoid Trademark Dispute with Stone Brewing Co.

Here’s a position no 10-month-old brewery wants to be in. Out in Boulder, Colorado, a fledgling brewery initially selected the name Kettle and Stone Brewing, after a three-months-long name-selection process. As the brewery worked hard to brand themselves and build that brand, they received a letter from Escondido, California’s established and well-known Stone Brewing Co. […]

New Brewery Trademark Lawsuit: DuClaw Brewery, LLC v. Left Hand Brewing Company, Inc. (Docket Number 1:14-cv-00908)

In addition to the present “Nitro” TTAB tussle, Left Hand Brewing Co. is now involved in a different brewery v. brewery trademark dispute, a full-blown case that has spilled into federal court. This time, the matter is DuClaw Brewery, LLC v. Left Hand Brewing Company, Inc., Docket Number 1:14-cv-00908  filed in the District of Maryland. […]

Schlafly Goes to Trial with Sense of Humor Intact

Schlafly, brewing out of St. Louis, has been hitting headlines over conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly’s opposition to their trademark application. We reported on the dispute a couple of weeks back, and will note that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has how decided to let this case go through to a full-on trial. Still, despite […]

Growler Fills in Florida: Them’s Fightin’ Words!

We all know the law can be filled with forehead slappers. Such is the case for growler fills in Florida right now, with a nasty David-meets-Goliath sort of fight spilling over into the legislature, too. What we really see, though, is a form of legislative cronyism at its best (well, worst). Here’s what’s going on. […]

Left Hand Brewing Company’s “Nitro” Trademark Application Meets Opposition

There’s a trademark tussle brewing out in Longmont, Colorado, which is home to both Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery. Here’s what happened. Back in September 2013, Left Hand sought to register “Milk Stout Nitro” and “Nitro” as federal trademarks. (Note that Left Hand disclaimed exclusive rights to the “Milk Stout” portion of […]

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