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Why Beverage Industry Lawsuits are Increasing (Published Article)

From trademark disputes to class action claims of “misleading” marketing, lawsuits have become frequent in the beverage industry. More players in the market means more opportunities for disagreements, among companies or companies versus consumers or distributors. And the fast growth of the … Continue reading

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Legal Experts Weigh In on Craft Trademark Disputes in 2015 (published article)

Article from Brewbound: What a year for craft litigation. Whether it was an attempt to define “craft beer” or efforts to own IPA, 2015 sure had its fair share of notable legal spats. One of the more memorable cases in … Continue reading

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Trademarks in the Golden Age of Craft Beer (Published Article)

In addition to coming up with a creative name that represents your brewery and beer, picking a beer brand that is both available for ownership as a trademark and permissible for use as a beer brand is not easy. This … Continue reading

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Beer Trademark Webinar from 8/25/2015

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Washington City Paper Article re Beer Trademarks

In 1985, only 188 beer trademark applications were filed in the U.S. Last year, there were more than 4,600. And this year, the number is on track to surpass that, says beer attorney Dan Christopherson, who works for Lehrman Beverage … Continue reading

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STOP GETTING SUED: How to Help Avoid Trademark Disputes

From my latest article in Beverage master Magazine Trademark disputes are one of the hottest topics in the brewing and distilling industries. While some companies seem to embrace the sympathetic role of being the victim of a “trademark bully” on … Continue reading

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Article: What are trademarks, and why are they important?

See my new article in Beverage Master magazine. Trademarks are the words, logos, design, or other means used by a company to identify itself in the marketplace.  Developing a solid reputation for consistent quality and product image would be virtually … Continue reading

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Long Trail tells Bent Paddle to TAKE A HIKE! ®

On August 29, 2014, Long Trail Brewing Company (Vermont) filed suit against Bent Paddle Brewing Company (Minnesota) alleging, in part, trademark infringement and dilution of Long Trail’s registered and common law rights in their “distinctive logo design depicting a silhouette … Continue reading

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Trademark Sheriff Anheuser-Busch Opposes CHOCOLATE WHEAT

Considering trademarking a descriptive name for your beer?  Not on Anheuser-Busch’s watch. Anheuser-Busch (“A-B”), themselves the owners of 507 of their own trademark registrations in the US alone, have opposed an attempt by Short’s Brewing Company (“Short’s), out of Bellaire, … Continue reading

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