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Beer Label Approval Process: TTB Employee Battle Martin Gets Some Headline Love

For those considering shipping beer across state lines, to do so lawfully, you’ll need a Certificate of Label Approval or a COLA for short. If you’re already distributing in another state, then you might have (though we hope you haven’t) encountered pushback from Battle Martin, the hardworking Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) employee who […]

Avoiding Headlines: Thoughts on the Lost Coast v. Aviator Brewery Trademark Lawsuit

It’s no longer surprising to hear about a brewery v. brewery trademark conflict. Even the non-legal-news follower hears about these disputes all the time, and most of what gets reported are conflicts during the registration process called opposition proceedings, which go before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Often, brewers come to an agreement […]

Unfortunate Brewery/Lawyer TM Spat: Do You Know Where Your Graphic Designer Got Inspiration?

Today’s post is short but sweet, and sort of a forehead-slapper. It’s been reported on elsewhere, including by our TM comrade Kenan Farrell, that an Oregon brewery (Full Sail) just sued an Atlanta-based DUI law firm. The claim? Well, trademark infringement. The complaint is on Kenan’s blog for you to read (great resource on Oregon […]

Clearing Your TM: Michigan Brewery Changes Name Over Trademark Conflict

Over the past week, word of another small brewery’s name change came into the news. The Shed Brewing Company in Michigan is now 127 Brewing Co. (the 556th suggestion as the co-owners brainstormed new brewery names…finding a solid name everyone loves isn’t easy!). Again, trademark issues. We’ll detail it below, but the lesson from this […]

Greetings from NHC 2014, Where Ciders and Sours Abound!

Day one of the National Homebrewers Conference is in the books and day two is shaping up to be just as much fun! No doubt about it, Grand Rapids, MI is abuzz with ambitious homebrewers and homebrewers-turned-pros, all geeking out over the latest brew gadgets, techniques, and trends. Indeed, some of the most boundary-pushing brewers […]

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