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Trademark Litigation Spurs Collaborative Beer Series Between Strangeways Brewing and Strange Craft Beer Co.

We like this story because it gets at the unique spirit underpinning this whole industry. As you might recall, last year a beer-centric dispute emerged over the word “Strange,” which spilled over into federal court. The three players were (1) Strange Brew, a Marlborough, Massachusetts homebrew supply store with a federal trademark in Class 032 […]

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. […]

Helping Shield Yourself From Secondary Liability for Copyright Infringement: Registering an Agent

Websites and blogs are a great way for breweries to interact with devoted fans and earn new ones, too. And, for the most part, if you’re the one pushing out information, photos, and whatnot to the public, then it’s easy to make sure things are squared away from a copyright perspective. But, if you solicit […]

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 […]

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