Real-Life Copycat Lesson #16: Brewery Infringes on Trademark of Culinary Celebrity

25 September, 2019

Armistice Brewing of Richmond, California thought they had come up with the perfect name for their new beer, a pastry stout featuring 200 pounds of raspberry puree and two different kinds of single-origin cacao, and Madagascar vanilla. Even though it was intended as an homage, British food writer, Great British Bake Off judge, and TV host, Mary Berry, disagreed.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #14: Michigan Breweries Clash Over Similar Names

11 September, 2019

In 2018, Byron Station, LLC, a Michigan brewery, planned to open a brewpub under the name Railbird Taphouse and Brewery. Another Michigan brewery by the name of Railtown Brewing Co. notified the company that its planned brewery’s name infringed on their trademark.


Real-Life Copycat Lesson #5: East Coast craft breweries in trademark dispute

14 May, 2019

Since 2014, Vermont’s Goodwater Brewery has been selling beer under the Goodwater name. It’s brews can be found as far west as Colorado and as far south as Virginia. In November, 2017, Virginia-based Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (LCCB), which sells its beer internationally, opened a pub by the name Lickinghole Goodwater Brewpub. Understandably, the Vermont-based Goodwater felt like they had a problem after hearing of the Virginia-based establishment through a loyal customer who asked whether the two businesses were related.

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Bottling your brand: Trademark insight for craft brewers

09 May, 2019

Did you know that in 2018 there were more than 169,000 beer-related trademarks filed worldwide? That’s a lot of potential for infringement in the already-competitive craft brewing marketplace, where captivating brands are as critical to success as the quality of the beer itself.  Whether intentional or accidental, copycat brands can cause consumer confusion, loss of revenue, and damage to a hard-earned reputation. To help craft brewers better understand the importance of securing and protecting brand rights, hosted an educational webinar in partnership with Craft Brewing Business.

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