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“TOM’S CREAN ALE” Trademark Publishes—Seems No Connection to Hoosier Hero.

  Edit 10/23/2014 @ 6:20pm PST: Okay, so there’s an explorer guy named Tom Crean (who evidently also loved puppies)—and it looks like this business is very careful about its label-based branding, nodding to the Antarctic sea mission, which forms the entire basis of its branding model. Nevertheless, you can see—I was actually confused—and if I saw […]

New Rogue Lawsuit: Rogue v. Gone Rogue Pub – Filed October 14, 2014

A brief interruption to our dormant commerce clause constitutional beer law nerd-out, to bring you some breaking brewery trademark news. Rogue may have settled one trademark lawsuit, but yesterday they entered another. The case is captioned OREGON BREWING COMPANY v. SCOUT LLC, dba GONE ROGUE PUB and it’s 1:14-cv-00439 for those looking on the docket. We’ve […]

Proud to Officially Join Reiser Legal as a Washington Beer Attorney

It’s official! I’ve joined Reiser Legal as a beer attorney licensed in Washington State. Having gotten to know Reiser Legal’s incredible set of passionate and ambitious brewery owners as a law clerk this past year, it means a lot to now officially partner in pursuing all of your unique visions. I know that Doug Reiser’s […]

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 […]

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